20 days in Japan Itinerary

20 days in Japan Itinerary

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20 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  17​h
1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Osaka
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Shiroishi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Auckland


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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.
To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in January, expect Sapporo to be much colder, temps between -3°C and -6°C. On the 4th (Sat), you're off toTokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes teamLab Borderless, Shinjuku Station, Nakano Broadway, and other attractions you added.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

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. While traveling from Sapporo, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. You will leave for Osaka on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo DisneySea, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Anata no Warehouse, Kawasaki
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

6
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nara Park, Kuromon Market, Abeno Harukas, and other attractions you added. Step out of Osaka with an excursion to CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA in Ikeda--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel route planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara Park, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Rinku Premium Outlets
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
day
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gion as well as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 17th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and then wander the streets of Gion.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto route planning tool .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Shiroishi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

1
night
Shiroishi

Shiroishi
Shiroishi is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. To see photos and more tourist information, you can read our Shiroishi route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kyoto to Shiroishi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in January: high temperatures in Shiroishi hover around 6°C and lows are around -1°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Shiroishi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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