15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Nagano
— 1 day
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Nikko
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Tram + Fly:  6​h
5
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Manila, Luzon

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.
Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ueno and Marunouchi. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Odaiba, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, and don't miss a visit to Kitchen Town (Kappabashi).

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo visit planning app .

Manila, Philippines to Tokyo is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Manila in December, things will get cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ueno ©
Ueno
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

1
day
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chokokuji, get some jogging in at Kita Yatsuga-take, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiho-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nagano trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: high temperatures in Nagano hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kita Yatsuga-take
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Kita Yatsuga-take ©
Kita Yatsuga-take
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo holiday planner.

Getting from Nagano to Tokyo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Nagano - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. On the 4th (Fri), you'll travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuzenji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takinoo Shrine, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kanaya Hotel History House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu and then witness the site of a historic battle at Odashirogahara.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Nikko hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 3°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Furumine Jinja
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko Futarasan jinja ©
Nikko Futarasan jinja

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 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then wander the streets of Susukino, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and flight from Nikko to Sapporo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Nikko in January, expect Sapporo to be slightly colder, temps between -3°C and -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Neighborhoods Spas Baths
Highlights from your plan
Susukino ©
Susukino
Thermal Spas
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 8th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station, take a stroll through Kanda Jimbocho Bookstore Area, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin, and finally view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Omoide Yokocho, tour the pleasant surroundings at Meijijingu Gaien, and then take a stroll through Yanaka.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sapporo in January, you will find days in Tokyo are much hotter (11°C), and nights are a bit warmer (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Omoide Yokocho ©
Omoide Yokocho

3
nights
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Asahiyama Zoo has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Hokuchin Memorial Museum, then stroll through Asahiyama Zoo, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Asahikawashi Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikawa Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Biei Shrine.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Asahikawa visit planning tool .

Fly from Tokyo to Asahikawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. While traveling from Tokyo, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Asahikawa, ranging from highs of -6°C to lows of -9°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Onsen Resorts, Biei Shrine, Asahidake Natural Hiking Route
Highlights from your plan
Kamikawa Shrine ©
Kamikawa Shrine
Onsen Resorts
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine ©
Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine

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