19 days in Japan & Bangkok Itinerary

19 days in Japan & Bangkok Itinerary

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Asahikawa
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Asahikawa, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Sapporo, Japan
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takayama, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Kawaguchi, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Nikko, Japan
— Few hours
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
Drive
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Nara, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bangkok, Thailand
— 2 nights

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Asahikawa, Japan

Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
On the 25th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Asahikawa Heison Memorial Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Asahikawa trip itinerary maker website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Asahikawa is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Bangkok to Asahikawa, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Bangkok in December, with highs in Asahikawa at -2°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

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Sapporo, Japan

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 27th (Wed), stroll around Odori Park and then contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower.

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You can drive from Asahikawa to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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Tokyo, Japan

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.
On the 28th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then wander the streets of Akihabara, and finally make a trip to Shibuya Crossing. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sapporo in December, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

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Takayama, Japan

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Wada House, then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Tokyo to Takayama by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Takayama are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

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Tokyo, Japan

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Takayama in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. You will leave for Kawaguchi on the 1st (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

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Kawaguchi, Japan

Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². On the 1st (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Warabi Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Kawaguchi Green Center, then browse the different shops at AEON Lake Town, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofukuji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokekyoji Temple and then get in on the family fun at Funabashi Andersen Park.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kawaguchi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kawaguchi takes an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

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Tokyo, Japan

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Hachiko and then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Kawaguchi to Tokyo in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

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Nikko, Japan

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.
To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nikko trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 3°C at night. On the 3rd (Wed), you're off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

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Kyoto, Japan

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.
On the 4th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then wander the streets of Gion. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto visit planning website.

Take a train from Nikko to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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Nara, Japan

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 6th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): walk around Taketori Park, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, and then make a trip to Naramachi Koshino Ie.

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Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Nara, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

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Osaka, Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

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Bangkok, Thailand

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Jim Thompson House. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Wat Pho, steep yourself in history at The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally appreciate the history behind Democracy Monument.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bangkok trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Bangkok takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Osaka in January: high temperatures in Bangkok hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

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.