32 days in East Asia Itinerary

32 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as University of Tokyo and Kencho-ji Temple. Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Chureito Pagoda (in Fujiyoshida), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine & Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum) and Nihon Minkaen Japan Open Air Folk House Museum (in Kawasaki). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Hozomon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, have fun at teamLab☆Planets, and take a stroll through Ueno District.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura

— 5 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Get some cultural insight at Hakuba and Zenko-ji Temple. Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple and Togakushi Jinja Hokosha will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakuba-mura: Nagano (Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery & Saiho-ji Temple), Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (in Otari-mura) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, get great views at Hakuba Mountain Harbor, stroll through Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and get engrossed in the history at Hakuba Olympic Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hakuba-mura trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In December, Hakuba-mura is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Chishaku-in. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Kurama and Mount Hiei. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Uji to see Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Kyoto in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakuba-mura in January; daily highs in Kyoto reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 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.
Visiting Mt. Wakakusa and Chausuyama will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horyu-ji Temple and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai), Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Toshodai-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, examine the collection at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Osaka day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mazda Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Peace Flame and Atomic Bomb Dome. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Former Naval Academy (in Etajima) and Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Senjokaku). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 4 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.
Visit Yutoku Inari Shrine and Nagasaki Peace Park for their historical value. Visiting Gamadasu Dome (Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall) and Mt. Unzen will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Saga (Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum & Former Fukuda Residence), Thermal Spas (in Unzen) and Zuikoji Temple (in Ureshino). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, contemplate the long history of Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In January in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 1 night
On the 19th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshogu Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, and finally admire the striking features of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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Hiroshima Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · History 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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