12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Niseko-cho
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights

3
nights
Niseko-cho

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Get a sense of the local culture at Zenkoji Temple and Otaru Wine Gallery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya and Soga Hokuei Stone Circle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Niseko-cho: White Isle Niseko (in Kutchan-cho) and Toyako Visitor Center (in Toyako-cho). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yotei, head outdoors with Hokkaido Backcountry Club, hit the slopes at Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Niseko-cho road trip planning app.

Denver, USA to Niseko-cho is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Denver to Niseko-cho, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Denver in October, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Niseko-cho: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Otaru Wine Gallery, Zenkoji Temple, Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya, Toyako Visitor Center
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Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort ©
Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort
Zenkoji Temple ©
Zenkoji Temple
Hokkaido Backcountry Club ©
Hokkaido Backcountry Club

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Kinkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenryuji Temple and Hikone Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園 (in Hikone), Arima Onsen (in Kobe) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, and contemplate the long history of Daikaku-ji.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Niseko-cho to Kyoto. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Niseko-cho in October; daily highs in Kyoto reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Baths

Side Trips

Hikone, Arima Onsen, Dotombori District
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Asakusa Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Hozomon for their historical value. Step out of Tokyo to go to Isehara and see Oyama Afuri Shrine, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Yanaka District, stop by Ueno District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, and contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Oyama Afuri Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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