27 days in East Asia Itinerary

27 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly
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Miyazaki
— 4 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Higashimurayama
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Higashimurayama
— 1 night
Drive
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Nakatsugawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gujo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kaizu
— 2 nights
Drive to Chubu Centrair International Airport, Fly to Sydney

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Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, then steep yourself in history at Hozomon, and finally examine the collection at Subway Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo attractions planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites

Miyazaki

— 4 nights
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kirishima Open-Art Museum and Miyzaki Science Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aoiaso Shrine and Aoshima Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Hyuga (Omi Shrine & Okuragahama Beach) and Takachihonomine (in Miyakonojo). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History, don't miss a visit to Tachibana Street, and learn about all things military at Heiwa Kinen Shiryo Tenjishitsu.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Miyazaki trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Miyazaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Miyazaki are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 5 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore hidden gems such as Mitaki Temple and Hiroshima Children's Museum. Get in touch with nature at Mikasahama Beach and Mochiishi Seacoast. Venture out of the city with trips to Saikokuji Temple (in Onomichi), Tsuwano-cho (Taikodani Inari Shrine & Tsuwano Castle) and Former Naval Academy (in Etajima). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, stroll through Ini Rice Terraces, stop by Monokoto Store, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukuzen-ji Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima journey maker website.

Getting from Miyazaki to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hokkaido Shrine Tongu and Naritasan Sapporo Betsuin Shinei-ji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Yotei and Otaru-shi General Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Toyako Volcano Science Museum (in Toyako-cho), Tomioka Catholic Church (in Otaru) and Furano Wine Factory (in Furano). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Sapporo St. Michael's Church, hike along Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, and see the interesting displays at Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo road trip planning website.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, Sapporo is little chillier than Hiroshima - with highs of 27°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Higashimurayama.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Higashimurayama

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shofukuji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Higashimurayama Furusato Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kodaira Cemetery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasaka Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Higashimurayama trip builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sapporo to Higashimurayama. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in August: high temperatures in Higashimurayama hover around 33°C and lows are around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Higashimurayama

Historic Sites · Museums

Nakatsugawa

— 2 nights
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Mammo Kaitaku Peace Memorial Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eishoji Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Nakasendo History Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Nakatsugawajuku, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nakatsugawa Naegi Toyama Shiryokan. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museum Nakasendo, get curious at Nakatsugawa Mineral Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Fukutoku Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Stone Pavement In Ochiai, and finally admire the striking features of Ochiai Honjin.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nakatsugawa trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Higashimurayama to Nakatsugawa takes 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Nakatsugawa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, then stop by Hida Bussankan, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Osakacho Waterfalls. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soyuji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiou-ji Temple, examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), examine the collection at Sakurayama Nikkokan, then see the interesting displays at Mukashibanashi no Sato, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Nakatsugawa to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gujo.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Gujo

— 2 nights
Step back into a traditional way of life with a visit to Gujo, a little Japanese city rich in culture.
On the 2nd (Wed), get curious at Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum and then make a trip to Mino History Museum Former Imai Family Residence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senshoji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Moss Phlox of Kunita Family, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusantyukyo Shrine, and finally admire the sheer force of Amidaga Falls.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gujo trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Gujo takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Gujo can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kaizu.

Things to do in Gujo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kaizu

— 2 nights
On the 4th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Preserved Akahasu Field, examine the collection at Kisogawa Bunko, then stop by Fureai no Eki Uribo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shobo-ji Temple, and finally engage your brain at Fujiwaradake Museum of Nature and Science.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kaizu trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Gujo to Kaizu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaizu

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
A tour of Tokyo Prefecture reveals many eateries, markets, and museums, with sightseeing opportunities available for every type of traveler. Bright bursts of lights and billboards on modern buildings contrast the ornate, traditional architecture there. Don't forget to visit Izu Islands, easily accessible from the capital as an ideal day trip option.

Miyazaki Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Canyons · Landmarks
Miyazaki Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Miyazaki.HistoryHistorically, after the Meiji Restoration, Hyūga Province was renamed Miyazaki Prefecture.GeographyMiyazaki Prefecture is located on the eastern coast of the island of Kyushu, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south and east, Ōita Prefecture to the north, and Kumamoto and Kagoshima Prefectures to the west. It is one of only two locations on Earth where the fungus Chorioactis geaster is found. Miyazaki is the home of the hyuganatsu fruit.As of April 1, 2012, 12% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Kirishima-Yaku National Park; Kyūshū Chūō Sanchi, Nichinan Kaigan, Nippō Kaigan, and Sobo-Katamuki Quasi-National Parks; and Mochio-Sekinoo, Osuzu, Saitobaru-Sugiyasukyō, Sobo Katamuki, Wanitsuka, and Yatake Kōgen Prefectural Natural Parks.

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Hiroshima Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Hiroshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island. The capital is the city of Hiroshima. It has a population of around 2.8 million.HistoryThe area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan's recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chūgoku region and was the seat of the Mōri clan until the Battle of Sekigahara.Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few remnants of prewar Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945;The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to "float" during high tide.GeographyHiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Chūgoku. Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture; and rivers produce rich plains near the coast.The province faces Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima Bay opens on the Inland Sea. The prefecture also includes many small islands.

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Gifu Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Gifu Prefecture is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu.Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."HistoryThe land area that makes up modern-day Gifu became part of the Yamato Court around the middle of the fourth century. Because it is in the middle of the island of Honshū, it has been the site of many decisive battles throughout Japan's history, the oldest major one being the Jinshin War in 672, which led to the establishment of Emperor Tenmu as the 40th emperor of Japan.The area of Gifu Prefecture consists of the old provinces of Hida and Mino, as well as smaller parts of Echizen and Shinano. The name of the prefecture derives from its capital city, Gifu, which was named by Oda Nobunaga during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567. The first character used comes from Qishan (岐山), a legendary mountain from which most of China was unified, whereas the second character comes from Qufu (曲阜), the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga chose those characters because he wanted to unify all of Japan and he wanted to be viewed as a great mind.

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