15 days in East Asia Itinerary

15 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Niseko-cho
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Niseko-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly

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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo online trip builder.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Tokyo. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip maker tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto visit planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Niseko-cho

— 1 night

Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido

Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
On the 30th (Thu), explore by horseback at Lake Toya Ranch, hit the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, then get out on two wheels at White Isle Niseko, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Niseko-cho journey planning app.

Explore your travel options from Kyoto to Niseko-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Kyoto in December, things will get slightly colder in Niseko-cho: highs are around 37°F and lows about 29°F. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sapporo.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): head outdoors with Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, stroll around Odori Park, and then get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Minapa, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, and finally contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Niseko-cho to Sapporo in 2 hours. Traveling from Niseko-cho in December, you will find days in Sapporo are slightly colder (32°F), and nights are about the same (28°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip