12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Fly
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Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kyoto

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planning app.

New York City, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Traveling from New York City in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 35°F in Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

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Fukuoka

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, then buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and then take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Fukuoka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

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Sapporo

CIty of Ramen

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 17th (Sat): get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town and then stroll around Odori Park.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Sapporo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Fukuoka in February, expect nights in Sapporo to be little chillier, around 23°F, while days are cooler, around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Shopping

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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, take a stroll through Akihabara, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in February, you will find days in Tokyo are much hotter (51°F), and nights are a bit warmer (36°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.