24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Otaru
— 1 night
Drive
2
Niseko-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Rusutsu-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Furano
— 1 night
Fly
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
7
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive
9
Tottori
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Osaka
— 3 nights
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Otaru

— 1 night

Town of Hills

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): head outdoors with Kiroro Snow World. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, then contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, then explore the activities along Otaru Canal, and finally get in on the family fun at Otaru Denuki Koji.

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Hong Kong, China to Otaru is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Hong Kong to Otaru, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Hong Kong in December, with highs in Otaru at 0°C and lows at -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Niseko-cho

— 2 nights

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 26th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Lieutenant Lerch Statue.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Niseko-cho driving holiday planner.

Getting from Otaru to Niseko-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. December in Niseko-cho sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rusutsu-mura.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Rusutsu-mura

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): head outdoors with Rusutsu Resort Ski, appreciate the history behind Kaitaku no Haha Statue, and then stroll around Fukidashi Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get answers to all your questions at Toya Mizunoeki, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya, stop by Sato no Eki Hot Kimobetsu, then find something for the whole family at Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rusutsu-mura trip itinerary planner.

Rusutsu-mura is very close to Niseko-cho. December in Rusutsu-mura sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Rusutsu-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 2 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Odori Park and Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Moiwa, and examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Rusutsu-mura to Sapporo in 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rusutsu-mura in December: highs in Sapporo hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Furano.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Theme Parks

Furano

— 1 night
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), hit the slopes at Furano Ski Resort.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Furano trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Sapporo to Furano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in January, Furano is slightly colder at night with lows of -13°C. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Furano

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

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.
Bring the kids along to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Furano to Tokyo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Furano in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, look for gifts at Sakuda Honten, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa journey maker.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tottori.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Tottori

— 3 nights
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Tottori Karo Kanikkokan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakuto Shrine, then kick back and relax at Hakuto Beach, then make a trip to Jinpu-kaku Hall, and finally make a trip to Tottori Castle Ruins. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Tottori Sand Dunes, kick back and relax at Uradome Coast, snap pictures at Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Arayu, and finally see the interesting displays at Tojikan.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tottori travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Tottori takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Tottori are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Tottori

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Osaka

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Kuchu Teien Observatory. Go for a jaunt from Osaka to Nara to see Nara Park about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Tottori to Osaka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.