43 days in Japan & Philippines Itinerary

43 days in Japan & Philippines Itinerary

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1
Biei-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
2
Sapporo, Japan
— 2 nights
3
Niseko-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
4
Shiroishi, Japan
— 1 day
5
Aizuwakamatsu, Japan
— 1 night
6
Uonuma, Japan
— 1 night
7
Minakami-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
8
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
9
Takayama, Japan
— 4 nights
10
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
11
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
12
El Nido, Philippines
— 4 nights
13
Coron, Philippines
— 4 nights
14
Siargao Island, Philippines
— 3 nights
15
Moalboal, Philippines
— 2 nights
16
Oslob, Philippines
— 1 night

2
nights
Biei-cho, Japan

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Asahikawashi Museum, see the interesting displays at Ayako Miura Literature Museum, then head outdoors with Ken & Mary Tree, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Biei Shrine, and finally view the masterpieces at Okanomachi Koryukan Bi.Yell. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, and then view the masterpieces at Takushinkan.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Biei-cho online holiday planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Biei-cho is an approximately 35-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Biei-cho, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, things will get colder in Biei-cho: highs are around -1°C and lows about -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Asahikawa
Highlights from your plan
Shirahige Falls ©
Shirahige Falls
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Asahikawashi Museum ©
Asahikawashi Museum

2
nights
Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Otaru Canal and Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sapporo Clock Tower and Sapporo St. Michael's Church. There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, admire the striking features of Former Entomology Lab, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Biei-cho to Sapporo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Biei-cho in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sapporo, with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otaru Canal, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
Highlights from your plan
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm ©
Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm

2
nights
Niseko-cho, Japan

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Niseko Outdoor Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Shinsennuma, then delve into the distant past at Soga Hokuei Stone Circle, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arishima Memorial Center. On the next day, get outside with Niseko Village Ski Resort, then get all the information you need at Toyako Visitor Center, and then explore the activities along Lake Toya.

To see ratings and more tourist information, go to the Niseko-cho holiday maker site.

You can drive from Sapporo to Niseko-cho in 2 hours. While traveling from Sapporo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Niseko-cho, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Shiroishi.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Toyako Visitor Center, Lake Toya, Shinsennuma
Highlights from your plan
Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

1
day
Shiroishi, Japan

Shiroishi ©
Shiroishi is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Miyagi Zao Fox Village has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Sumaru House, don't miss a visit to Samurai Housing, get to know the resident critters at Miyagi Zao Fox Village, step into the grandiose world of Shiroishi Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Shiroishi Castle History Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinmeisha.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Shiroishi route planning app.

Explore your travel options from Niseko-cho to Shiroishi with the Route module. When traveling from Niseko-cho in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Shiroishi: temperatures range from 6°C by day to -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Shiroishi

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shiroishi Castle ©
Shiroishi Castle
Shiroishi Castle History Museum ©
Shiroishi Castle History Museum
Shinmeisha ©
Shinmeisha

1
night
Aizuwakamatsu, Japan

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Aizu Old Samurai Residences, don't miss a visit to Byakkotai's Tomb, make a trip to Sazaedo, take in the awesome beauty at Iimoriyama, then explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, and finally look for gifts at Aizu Shurakukan.

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Traveling by car from Shiroishi to Aizuwakamatsu takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Uonuma.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Iimoriyama ©
Iimoriyama
Sazaedo ©
Sazaedo

1
night
Uonuma, Japan

Uonuma ©
On the 6th (Mon), get outside with Okutadami Maruyama Ski Ground, then make a trip to Uonuma no Sato, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saifukuji Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uonuma trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Aizuwakamatsu to Uonuma by car takes about 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Uonuma are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Minakami-machi.

Things to do in Uonuma

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Saifukuji Temple ©
Saifukuji Temple

2
nights
Minakami-machi, Japan

Minakami-machi ©
Perched beneath the foothills of several soaring mountains, the town of Minakami-machi provides a picturesque stepping stone from which to explore the dramatic surrounding scenery.
You've now added Takaragawa Onsen to your itinerary. On the 7th (Tue), get outside with Naeba Ski Resort, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Takaragawa Onsen, and then make a trip to Doai Station. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Ponshukan, fly down the slopes at Kagura Ski Resort, and then see the interesting displays at Okukiyo Powerhouse.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Minakami-machi trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Uonuma to Minakami-machi in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Minakami-machi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

Yuzawa-machi
Highlights from your plan
Naeba Ski Resort ©
Naeba Ski Resort
Doai Station ©
Doai Station

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 9th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joraku-ji Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Hokusai-kan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganshoin Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens and then fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi holiday builder app.

Drive from Minakami-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Obuse-machi, Joraku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan

4
nights
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Takayama Jinya. Visiting Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha and Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!! will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Matsumoto (Norikura Kogen & Matsumoto Castle). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Takayama trip maker tool.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Takayama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Takayama, with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Hida, Matsumoto, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Highlights from your plan
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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 in touch with nature at Nara Park and Fuuka-Kimono. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Todai-ji Temple). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and visit Arashiyama.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in January, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. January in Tokyo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi
Highlights from your plan
Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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El Nido, Philippines

El Nido ©
The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nacpan Beach and Secret Lagoon Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Big Lagoon. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Las Cabanas Beach, stroll through Hidden Beach, and explore the activities along Small Lagoon.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our El Nido journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to El Nido takes 10 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to El Nido. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Coron.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Nacpan Beach ©
Nacpan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Small Lagoon ©
Small Lagoon

4
nights
Coron, Philippines

Coron ©
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kalitang Beach and Banol Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kayangan Lake. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Coral Garden, witness a stunning natural landmark at Maquinit Hot Spring, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Tapyas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sunken Japanese Wrecks.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Coron travel route builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from El Nido to Coron in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Siargao Island.

Things to do in Coron

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Banol Beach ©
Banol Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Coral Garden ©
Coral Garden

3
nights
Siargao Island, Philippines

Siargao Island ©
A lush oasis of tropical vegetation surrounded by warm waters east of the Philippines, Siargao Island offers a mix of mangrove forests, squeaky-clean sand beaches, and vibrant coral reefs.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sohoton Cove as well as Sugba Lagoon. Get in touch with nature at Magpupungko Beach and Magpaponko Swimming Hole. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Alegria Beach, don't miss a visit to Cloud 9 Surfing Tower, Head underground at Magkukuob Cave, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ni Cristo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Siargao Island trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Coron to Siargao Island in 6 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Siargao Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Moalboal.

Things to do in Siargao Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sohoton Cove
Highlights from your plan
Magpupungko Beach ©
Magpupungko Beach
Sugba Lagoon ©
Sugba Lagoon
Dako Island ©
Dako Island

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Moalboal, Philippines

The collection of beaches and the treasures located just off shore encourage many people visit Moalboal.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll through Lambug Public Beach and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Basdaku Beach, kick back and relax at White Beach, Basdaku, Moalboal, Cebu, and then see the interesting displays at Naomi's Bottle Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Moalboal trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Siargao Island to Moalboal in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. February in Moalboal sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Oslob.

Things to do in Moalboal

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Lambug Public Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Naomi's Bottle Museum ©
Naomi's Bottle Museum
Basdaku Beach ©
Basdaku Beach

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Oslob, Philippines

A vacation in Oslob offers a picture-perfect island paradise for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Oslob Cemetery, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tumalog Falls, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion Church.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Oslob trip site.

Traveling by car from Moalboal to Oslob takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Oslob are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oslob

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tumalog Falls ©
Tumalog Falls
Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion Church ©

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