10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Narita
— 1 day
train + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Otaru
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Yoichi-cho
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Toyako-cho
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Chitose
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h
9
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: George Town, Penang Island

1
day
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Narita International Airport Terminal 1. On the 4th (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Narita International Airport Terminal 1, contemplate the long history of Naritasan Omote Sando, and then steep yourself in history at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Narita trip planner.

George Town, Malaysia to Narita is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from George Town in December; daily highs in Narita reach 13°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites
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Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple

1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery. On the 4th (Wed), examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Narita to Sapporo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Narita in December, plan for much colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 0°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Theme Parks
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Sapporo Beer Museum ©
Sapporo Beer Museum
Sapporo Satoland ©
Sapporo Satoland
Nijo Market ©
Nijo Market

1
night
Otaru

Otaru ©
The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Kitaichi Glass 3gokan has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): learn something new at Kitaichi Glass 3gokan.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Otaru trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December in Otaru, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -2°C at night. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yoichi-cho.

Things to do in Otaru

Historic Sites Classes Shopping
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Kitaichi Glass 3gokan ©
Kitaichi Glass 3gokan

few
hours
Yoichi-cho

Yoichi-cho ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery as well as Kakizaki Shoten. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery and then hunt for treasures at Kakizaki Shoten.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yoichi-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Yoichi-cho takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Yoichi-cho

Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
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Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery ©
Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Kakizaki Shoten ©
Kakizaki Shoten

2
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area as well as Michi-no-Eki Niseko View Plaza. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get outside with Niseko Village Pure. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and then get all the information you need at Michi-no-Eki Niseko View Plaza.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Niseko-cho trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Yoichi-cho to Niseko-cho takes 1.5 hours. December in Niseko-cho sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for Toyako-cho.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Michi-no-Eki Niseko View Plaza ©
Michi-no-Eki Niseko View Plaza

few
hours
Toyako-cho

Toyako-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Toya.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Toyako-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Niseko-cho to Toyako-cho in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Toyako-cho can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sun) before leaving for Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Toyako-cho

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Toya
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Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

1
night
Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jigokudani as well as Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu road trip website .

Getting from Toyako-cho to Noboribetsu by car takes about an hour. In December, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Chitose.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Nature Parks
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath ©
Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath

few
hours
Chitose

Chitose
With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chitose attractions website .

Getting from Noboribetsu to Chitose by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Noboribetsu in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Chitose, with lows of -9°C. You will leave for Tokyo on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Museums Outdoors
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2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tokyo Disneyland, Bar Big Time, Deathmatch in HELL, and other attractions.

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Fly from Chitose to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or take a train. While traveling from Chitose, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Nightlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Music Bar 45 ©
Music Bar 45

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