33 days in East Asia Itinerary

33 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Train
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Nara
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Train
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Fukuoka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Oita
— 5 nights
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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Have a day of magic on the 19th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Tokyo. Traveling from Auckland in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be colder, around 4°C, while days are little chillier, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Nara.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Nara

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nara: Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho), Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura) and Matabeezakura (in Uda). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Nara Park, don't miss a visit to Daibutsuden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, and browse for treasures at Experience YAMATO.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Nara are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kobe (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art & Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution) and Himeji (Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, Himeji Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, shop like a local with Dotombori District, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Imari Okawachiyama (in Imari), Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more) and Akaeza (in Arita-cho). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, relax and rejuvenate at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu, admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohori Park.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Fukuoka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Oita.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Oita

— 5 nights
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oita: Beppu (Onsen Resorts, Umi Jigoku, &more), Nakatsu (Rakanji Temple, Yabakei Dam Memorial Park Keisekien, &more) and Tashibu no Sato Sannomiya no Kei (in Bungotakada). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Kihara Stone Statues, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, make a trip to Usajingu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokoji Temple Five Hundred Arhats.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Oita trip planner.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Oita in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Oita sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oita

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips