18 days in East Asia Itinerary

18 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 8 nights
Fly
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Okinawa City
— 1 night
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Drive to Naha Airport, Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Noboribetsu
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Tower. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paris to Tokyo. In April, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka

— 8 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kyoto (Sanjusangendo Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, &more), Himeji (Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, Himeji Castle, &more) and Jishu Shrine (in Otsu). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, find something for the whole family at SpaWorld, and identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip maker website.

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Okinawa City

— 1 night
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. On the 28th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Southeast Botanical Gardens, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally get to know the resident critters at Okinawa Zoo & Museum. On the next day, get your bearings at Michi-no-Eki Kadena, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Zampa, explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo, then stroll around Busena Marine Park, and finally kick back and relax at Sunset Beach.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Okinawa City vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Okinawa City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 30th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then meet the residents at Noboribetsu Bear Park, then take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Chikyu.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Noboribetsu journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okinawa City to Noboribetsu. In April, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Sapporo

— 2 nights

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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.
Family-friendly places like Odori Park and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Denuki Koji, Otaru Canal, &more). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maruyama Zoo, and ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planning website.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Sapporo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in May, Sapporo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

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.