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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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
Fly
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Sapporo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu, then don't miss a visit to Otaru Canal, and then stroll through Asobeach Ishikari. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then walk around Odori Park, and finally wander the streets of Susukino.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo route planner.

Erbil, Iraq to Sapporo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Erbil to Sapporo is 6 hours. While traveling from Erbil, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 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've added Kabukiza Theater, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Meiji Jingu Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Akihabara and Suntory Museum of Art. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, wander the streets of Roppongi District, and pause for some photo ops at Hachiko.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Sapporo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 27°C. On the 8th (Thu), you're off to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, visit Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and finally stroll through Zushi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, then make a trip to Kōtoku-in, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamakura Hiking Trails.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yokohama road trip planning app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to fly to Takayama.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

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.
Motorcar Museum of Japan has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Wada House, see the interesting displays at Motorcar Museum of Japan, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then visit Sanmachi Suji, then see the interesting displays at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan), and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Takayama itinerary builder.

You can fly from Yokohama to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 12th (Mon), wander the streets of Sakae, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Shimin Shiki no Mori.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nagoya trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Nagoya are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Hero Tour Japan and Fuuka-Kimono. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get outside with Ume Sakura, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online route maker.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. You'll set off for Nara on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Wildlife

Nara

— 2 nights

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 17th (Sat), examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, and finally browse the exhibits of Nara National Museum. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your senses at Nara Wellness Tourism, sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally learn the secrets of beer at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara holiday app.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In July, daytime highs in Nara are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife · Tours

Osaka

— 3 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.
You've added Ueno Park, Universal Studios Japan, Kyocera Dome Osaka, and other attractions to your itinerary. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Osaka Castle and Hozenji Yokocho. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Osaka using our trip planner.

Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will leave for Kobe on the 22nd (Thu).

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobe Muslim Mosque, and finally shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Ishoan, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Kobe planner.

Drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Kobe, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Plan trip to Hiroshima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 26th (Mon), stop by Nishijin Shopping District, enjoy the sand and surf at Nijino Matsubara, then take an in-depth tour of Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Shintencho Shopping Street, relax and rejuvenate at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and finally take a stroll through Nakasu District.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In July in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Beaches · Spas

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Glover Garden and Glover House and Office. You'll get in some beach time at Takahama Beach and Costa del Sol. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ōura Church, take a stroll through Shinchi Chinatown, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online journey planner.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches