13 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Hokkaido Itinerary

13 days in Tokyo, Osaka & Hokkaido Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Hakodate
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation planner.

Newark, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Tokyo is 14 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 50°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

Osaka

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kyoto (Sanjusangendo Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:

Hakodate

— 1 night

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): browse the exhibits of Goryokaku Tower, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, and then make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip planner.

Fly from Osaka to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Osaka in February: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 34°F and lows are around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Nature · Parks · Museums
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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.
On the 4th (Fri), take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, and then walk around Odori Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu and then explore the activities along Otaru Canal.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo online attractions planner.

Fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Hakodate in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 29°F by day to 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.