34 days in East Asia Itinerary

34 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
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Tokyo

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.
To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online route planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo is 15 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mexico City in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. You'll set off for Sapporo on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Sapporo

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and Sapporo Teine. Appreciate the collections at Royce' Chocolate World and Chitosetsuru Sake Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Chitose Outlet Mall Rera (in Chitose), Niseko natureguide Forestrek - Day Tours (in Kutchan-cho) and Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima (in Kitahiroshima). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Teine, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Sapporo hover around -3°C, while lows dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo

Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum and then stop by Kiddy Land Harajuku.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in January, you will find days in Tokyo are much warmer (11°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Shopping

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Popular historic sites such as Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine and Izusan Jinja Shrine are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Kiunkaku and Little Prince Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Waketamaike Spring (in Fujinomiya) and Atami Sun Beach (in Atami). The adventure continues: get all the equipment you need at Fun2Drive, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, look for gifts at Shiino Chaya Honjin Hotoriya, and take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip maker.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Kurama and Hero Tour Japan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kyoto Railway Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple (in Uji) and Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine (in Otsu). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Chishaku-in, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then look for gifts at Tower Knives Osaka, then get a taste of the local shopping with Nipponbashi Denden Town, and finally stop by Dotombori District. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka itinerary maker site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

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.
JMSDF Kure Museum and Daishoin Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Crest and Hiroshima Shinkansen Meitengai. Venture out of the city with trips to Bay Side Beach Saka (in Saka-cho), Takatoridai (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Araebisu Shrine, Senjokaku, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Flame, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima travel route builder.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Kobe

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to UCC Coffee Museum and Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine. Escape the urban bustle at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) and Kobe Municipal Arboretum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: Amore Beach (in Akashi), Kakurin-ji Temple (in Kakogawa) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), admire the striking features of Minatogawa Shrine, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kobe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In February, daytime highs in Kobe are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 8 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Kimono Kawaii Company Shibuya. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ueno District and Kanda Myojin. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kiyose Sunflower Farm (in Kiyose), Kichijoji (in Musashino) and Kawasaki Daishi (in Kawasaki). See some other sides of Tokyo: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, steep yourself in history at Toshogu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online tour planner.

Getting from Kobe to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips