13 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

13 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

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13 days in Japan & Seoul Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Sapporo, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Biei-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Niseko-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Otaru, Japan
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Sapporo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
End: Seoul, South Korea

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Sumida Park, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Lake Kawaguchi, and other attractions you added. Head to Takeshita Street and Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko)for some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip site .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Kawaguchi
Highlights from your plan
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Asakusa ©
Asakusa
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

1
night
Sapporo, Japan

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.
To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

2
nights
Biei-cho, Japan

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Asahiyama Zoo as well as Ningle Terrace. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): cruise along Patchwork no Michi. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Takushinkan, get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, then don't miss a visit to Panorama Road, and finally make a trip to Ningle Terrace.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Biei-cho trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Biei-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Biei-cho, with lows of -8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Asahiyama Zoo, Ningle Terrace
Highlights from your plan
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Patchwork no Michi ©
Patchwork no Michi
Takushinkan ©
Takushinkan

2
nights
Niseko-cho, Japan

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Niseko-cho driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Biei-cho to Niseko-cho takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Biei-cho in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Niseko-cho: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Otaru.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

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

few
hours
Otaru, Japan

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.
On the 7th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Otaru day trip app .

Traveling by car from Niseko-cho to Otaru takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Niseko-cho in December, you will find days in Otaru are little chillier (0°C), and nights are about the same (-2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Sapporo.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

2
nights
Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo ©
You've added Aeon Mall Sapporo Hassamu, Asahiyama Kinen Koen, Nijo Market, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Tanukikoji Shopping Street and then stroll around Odori Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, don't miss a visit to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, walk around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, then get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park, and finally browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Sapporo Hassamu.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sapporo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Otaru to Sapporo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seoul.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tanukikoji Shopping Street ©
Tanukikoji Shopping Street
Shiroi Koibito Park ©
Shiroi Koibito Park

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
You've added Dongdaemun Market, Sungnyemun Gate, Cheonggyecheon Stream, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): shop like a local with Namdaemun Market and then shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Sungnyemun Gate, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cheonggyecheon Stream, then take a stroll through Insadong, and finally shop like a local with Dongdaemun Market.

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

Getting from Sapporo to Seoul by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Sapporo in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Seoul, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -5°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Myeongdong Shopping Street ©
Myeongdong Shopping Street
Insadong ©
Insadong
Namdaemun Market ©
Namdaemun Market

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