33 days in East Asia Itinerary

33 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Beppu
— 2 nights
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Okayama
— 2 nights
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Takamatsu
— 2 nights
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Awara
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Toyama
— 2 nights
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Niigata
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
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Sapporo

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Canal & JR Otaru Station) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Moiwa.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo route planner.

Canberra, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Sapporo is cooler than Canberra - with highs of 0°C and lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hakodate

— 3 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Step out of Hakodate with an excursion to Onuma Park Walking Path in Nanae-cho--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, and make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
On the 1st (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo vacation app.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in January, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Fun & Games

Kyoto

— 2 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: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and admire the striking features of Kyutei Omuro.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Osaka

— 4 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe) and Nara Park (in Nara). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Komenoyama Obsevatory (in Sasaguri-machi), Kumamoto Castle (in Kumamoto) and Dazaifu Tenman-gu (in Dazaifu). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Hakata Station, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka online tour planner.

You can fly from Osaka to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. January in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Beppu driving holiday app.

Drive from Fukuoka to Beppu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Beppu are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Nanaku Strawberry Farm.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Okayama driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Beppu to Okayama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In January, Okayama is little chillier than Beppu - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Takamatsu

— 2 nights

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, walk around Ritsurin Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Tamamo Park, and finally explore the historical opulence of Takamatsu Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yashima-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Marugame Castle, then take in the views from Sayabashi Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotohira-gu, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Takamatsu trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Okayama to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Takamatsu are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Awara.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Baths · Museums

Side Trips

Awara

— 1 night
Awara is a city located in Fukui Prefecture, Japan.As of May 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 28,646 and the population density of 240 persons per km². On the 16th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Maruoka Castle, steep yourself in history at Meganebashi Bridge, then explore the gorgeous colors at Tojimbo Cliff, then admire the landmark architecture of Awara Onsen Ashiyu, and finally look for gifts at Darumaya.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Awara trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Takamatsu to Awara in 6 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Awara can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Awara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

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

Traveling by car from Awara to Kanazawa takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Toyama

— 2 nights
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Step out of Toyama to go to Tateyama-machi and see Kurobe Dam, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Former Uchiyama Residence, see the interesting displays at Rakusuitei Art Museum, explore the historical opulence of Toyama Castle, and learn about winemaking at Yamafuji Vineyard & Horizon Winery.

Planning Toyama trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Toyama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Toyama can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Niigata

— 3 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the views from Bandai Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, then don't miss a visit to Niigata Nippo Media Ship, then stop by Ponshukan Niigata Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yahiko Shrine. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Pia Bandai, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, make a trip to The Old Saito Residence, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marinepia Nihonkai, then walk around Hakusan Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Niigata route planner.

Traveling by train from Toyama to Niigata takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Niigata are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Explore Tokyo further: get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planner.

Getting from Niigata to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Niigata in January, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Okayama Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Gardens · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas
Okayama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on the main island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Okayama.HistoryPrior to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the area of present-day Okayama Prefecture was divided between Bitchū, Bizen and Mimasaka Provinces. Okayama Prefecture was formed and named in 1871 as part of the large-scale administrative reforms of the early Meiji period (1868–1912), and the borders of the prefecture were set in 1876.GeographyOkayama Prefecture borders Hyōgo Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture, and Hiroshima Prefecture. It faces Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea and includes 90 islands in the sea.Okayama Prefecture is home to the historic town of Kurashiki. Most of the population is concentrated around Kurashiki and Okayama. The small villages in the northern mountain region are aging and declining in population - more than half of the prefectures municipalities are officially designated as depopulated.

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Kagawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Art Museums · Scenic Walking Areas
Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest prefecture of Japan (by area). It is located on Shikoku island and the capital is Takamatsu.HistoryKagawa was formerly known as Sanuki Province.For a brief period between August 1876 and December 1888, Kagawa was made a part of Ehime Prefecture.Battle of YashimaLocated in Kagawa's capital city, Takamatsu, the mountain of Yashima was the battlefield for one of the best-known struggles between the Heike and the Genji clans.GeographyKagawa comprises the northeast corner of Shikoku, bordering Ehime Prefecture on the west and Tokushima Prefecture on the south, with a coastline on the Seto Inland Sea facing Okayama Prefecture and the Kansai. The Sanuki Mountains run along the southern border.Kagawa is currently the smallest prefecture, by area, in Japan. Osaka Prefecture held that title until Kansai International Airport was reclaimed from the ocean in the early 1990s, pushing its land area slightly above Kagawa's. Kagawa is a relatively narrow prefecture located between the mountains of Shikoku and the sea.

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Toyama Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Scenic Drive · Parks
Toyama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Hokuriku region on the main Honshu island. The capital is the city of Toyama.Toyama is the leading industrial prefecture on the Japan Sea coast, and has the industrial advantage of cheap electricity from abundant hydroelectric resources. It also contains East Asia’s only known glaciers outside Russia, first recognized in 2012.HistoryHistorically, Toyama Prefecture was Etchū Province. Following the abolition of the han system in 1871, Etchū Province was renamed Niikawa Prefecture, but Imizu District was given to Nanao Prefecture. In 1872 Imizu District was returned by the new Ishikawa Prefecture.In 1876, Niikawa Prefecture was merged into Ishikawa Prefecture but the merger was void in 1881 and the area was re-established as Toyama Prefecture.The Itai-itai disease occurred in Toyama around 1950.GeographyToyama Prefecture is bordered by Ishikawa Prefecture to the west, Niigata to the northeast, Nagano to the southeast, Gifu to the south and Sea of Japan to the north.

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