16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
3
Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
6
Nagoya
— 3 nights

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Ginza. Kids will appreciate attractions like Odaiba District and Asakusa. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, get outside with Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Moerenuma Park.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planning app.

Fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Sapporo are colder (°C), and nights are a bit cooler (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on Niseko Outdoor Center and then hit the slopes at Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Niseko Ohashi Bridge, fly down the slopes at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, and then take an in-depth tour of Arishima Memorial Center.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Niseko-cho trip planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Niseko-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Niseko-cho are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 15th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, thenadmire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, thentake a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally see the interesting displays at Ochaya Art Museum. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Aratama Valley, thencontemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, thenexamine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally walk around Kenrokuen Garden.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa vacation maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Niseko-cho to Kanazawa. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Niseko-cho in December; daily highs in Kanazawa reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aratama Valley, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, hit the slopes at Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, and then look for gifts at Shofuen Matsuno Chaho. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Takayama visit planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

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nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get outdoors at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank and Mt. Miyaji. Get some cultural insight at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Nagoya Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Gyaruri Momogusa (in Tajimi). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Nagoya sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Inuyama Castle, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, Gyaruri Momogusa, Mt. Miyaji
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Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank ©
Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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