12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Hakodate
— 1 day
Shuttle + Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h
End: Kuala Lumpur


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1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): let little ones run wild at Ohori Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and then take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, then explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka trip planning website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Fukuoka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Fukuoka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October: high temperatures in Fukuoka hover around 27°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Fukuoka Tower ©
Fukuoka Tower

1
day
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen) has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sun), let little ones run wild at Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen), stroll around Goryokaku Park, steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Dozo, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, then make a trip to Hachimanzaka, and finally look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Fukuoka to Hakodate in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Fukuoka in October, with highs in Hakodate at 18°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, stroll around Odori Park, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, then stroll through Otaru Canal, and finally take in the views from Asakusa Bridge. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, then enjoy breathtaking views from Okurayama Lookout, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Jingu.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sapporo using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Hakodate in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Otaru
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, visit Odaiba, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planning app .

Fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sapporo in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

2
nights
Kyoto

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, look for gifts at Nene Kimono, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 2nd (Mon), shop like a local with Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online trip builder .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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