20 days in East Asia Itinerary

20 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock East Asia visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Shimoda
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Shimoda
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Train to Nagoya, Fly to Matsue
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Matsue
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yufu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Shimoda

On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Murakami Gasshozukuri Mingeikan and then look for gifts at Ogiso Shoten Honten.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Shimoda trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Shimoda is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Milan to Shimoda due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Milan in February since evenings lows in Shimoda dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shimoda

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Takayama

— 2 nights
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Curnontue, browse the exhibits of Hida Takayama Retro Museum, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum.

Before you visit Takayama, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Shimoda to Takayama by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Shimoda in February, things will get little chillier in Takayama: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Matsue

— 1 night
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamosu Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and finally look for gifts at Rihaku Shuzo.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Matsue online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Takayama to Matsue in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Matsue are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 2 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, then examine the collection at Tobeyaki Traditional Industry Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yuge Shrine, and finally browse the different shops at Emifull Masaki. On your second day here, make a trip to Garyu Sanso, steep yourself in history at Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, then look for gifts at Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki, then take an in-depth tour of Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monjuin Tokuseiji Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Matsuyama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Matsuyama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In February in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yufu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Yufu

— 2 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at JR Oita City, get outside with Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, then view the masterpieces at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Homme Blue Cafe. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Takase Stone Budda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sasamuta Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Comico Art Museum Yufuin, and finally take an in-depth tour of Iwashita Collection.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yufu trip planner.

Drive from Matsuyama to Yufu in 5 hours. February in Yufu sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Yufu

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 11th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Mirai Nagasaki Coco Walk, and finally contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Glover House and Office, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and then stop by Tatematsuru.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki online tour planner.

Drive from Yufu to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Naha

— 2 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, and then stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Umanchu Market, steep yourself in history at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, then pick up some local products at Keiben Station Kariyushi Market, and finally examine the collection at Haebaru Town Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Naha, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Naha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in February, things will get a bit warmer in Naha: highs are around 22°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 15th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach. On the next day, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, then kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima road trip planner.

Getting from Naha to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In February in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Ishigaki

— 4 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Island Countryside Settlement and East Paisaji Ogoku will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cape Hirakubozaki and Oganzaki Lighthouse. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, get outside with Yonehara Beach, stop by Pinion Direct Shop, and explore the activities along Kabira Bay.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In February in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips