15 days in East Asia Itinerary

15 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Sapporo

— 3 nights

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church, Otaru Canal, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu, and don't miss a visit to Sapporo Bier Garten.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sapporo travel route planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Sapporo at -3°C and lows at -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 3 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.
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, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sapporo in January, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Kyoto

— 3 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: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Hashiya Kaede, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

Start your trip to Kyoto by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Osaka

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nishinomiya (Susanoo Shrine & Nishinomiya Shrine), Nara Park (in Nara) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip maker tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips