16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  9​h 45​min
1
Narita
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Furano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Otaru
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
5
Akita
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Tsuruoka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Yonezawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Niigata
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
9
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jofuku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Jingu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katori Jingu Shrine, then walk around Naritasan Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Hoki Museum, stroll around Sanrizuka Memorial Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Watpaknam Nihon Betsuin, then enjoy breathtaking views from Narita International Airport Terminal 1, and finally walk around Sakura no yama Park.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Narita driving holiday planning site .

Singapore, Singapore to Narita is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Narita is 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Narita at 13°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Katori, Hoki Museum, Kashima Jingu
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando
Kashima Jingu ©
Kashima Jingu
Narita International Airport Terminal 1 ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): head outdoors with Maruyama Genshirin, hike along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, then get your game on at HOKKAIDO NINJA DO!, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery. On your second day here, see human ingenuity at work at Houheikyou Dam, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Teine, then get engrossed in the history at Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Naritasan Sapporo Betsuin Shinei-ji Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo visit planning app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Narita to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Narita in December, plan for much colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 0°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Classes
Highlights from your plan
Houheikyou Dam ©
Houheikyou Dam
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga ©
Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga

2
nights
Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Rokugo Viewing Platform, then stop by Anpanman Shop Furano, then stroll around Torinuma Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Kita no Kunikara Museum. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Hokkaido Central Mark, examine the collection at Goto Sumio Art Museum, then make a trip to Nunobe Station, and finally examine the collection at Furabi.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Furano route planner .

You can drive from Sapporo to Furano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Furano when traveling from Sapporo in December, with lows around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Furano

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Goto Sumio Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Goto Sumio Art Museum ©
Goto Sumio Art Museum
Glass Forest in FURANO ©
Glass Forest in FURANO
Rokugo Viewing Platform ©
Rokugo Viewing Platform

2
nights
Otaru

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya, make a trip to Shukutsu Panorama Observation Deck, examine the collection at The Glass Studio in Otaru, then make a trip to Asahi Observation Platform, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tomioka Catholic Church. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Otaru Art Base, then explore the world behind art at Otaru Art Base, Stained Glass Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Kenashi View Point, and finally see the interesting displays at Syusenkan.

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Traveling by car from Furano to Otaru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Furano in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Otaru, with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Akita.

Things to do in Otaru

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya
Highlights from your plan
Otaru Art Base ©
Otaru Art Base
Shukutsu Panorama Observation Deck ©
Shukutsu Panorama Observation Deck

2
nights
Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
On the 30th (Mon), meet the residents at Omoriyama Zoo, explore the world behind art at Masakichi Hirano Museum of Fine Art, then pause for some photo ops at Our Lady of Akita, then buy something for everyone on your list at Akita Station Building Topico, and finally go for a walk through Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial, see the interesting displays at Mining Museum of Akita University, then head outdoors with Suishinen, then make a trip to Photo Gallery Blue Hole, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Nanohana Road.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Akita itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Otaru to Akita in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Otaru in December, you will find days in Akita are a bit warmer (3°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Akita

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi, Photo Gallery Blue Hole, Nanohana Road
Highlights from your plan
Mining Museum of Akita University ©
Mining Museum of Akita University
Omoriyama Zoo ©
Omoriyama Zoo
Our Lady of Akita ©
Our Lady of Akita

1
night
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
On the 1st (Wed), steep yourself in history at Tamugimata Layered Housing, take in the dramatic natural features at Midagahara Wetlands, then steep yourself in history at Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, then get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, and finally contemplate the long history of Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tsuruoka holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Akita to Tsuruoka in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Yonezawa.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church ©
Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church

1
night
Yonezawa

Yonezawa ©
Yonezawa is a city in Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Hirosuke Hamada Memorial Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Azuma Mountain Range, and finally don't miss a visit to Sumomoyama Tannan Yamanokami.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yonezawa online holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Yonezawa takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Tsuruoka in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yonezawa, with lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Yonezawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Takahata-machi
Highlights from your plan
Hirosuke Hamada Memorial Museum ©
Hirosuke Hamada Memorial Museum

1
night
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll around Toyanogata Park, see the interesting displays at Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Fukushima-gata, then make a trip to Minato Inari Shrine, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Niigata Church.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Niigata online travel planner .

Getting from Yonezawa to Niigata by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yonezawa in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 0°C in Niigata. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum ©
Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum
Minato Inari Shrine ©
Minato Inari Shrine

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Mejiro Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, then admire the natural beauty at International House of Japan, then contemplate the long history of Hozomon, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip app .

Getting from Niigata to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Niigata in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©
Kyu Iwasakitei Teien ©
Kyu Iwasakitei Teien

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