55 days in East Asia Itinerary

55 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Wakkanai
— 3 nights
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5
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Shiroishi
— 1 night
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Obanazawa
— 2 nights
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Yamagata
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 12 nights
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Matsuyama
— 3 nights
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Kochi
— 4 nights
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Takamatsu
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
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Tokyo

— 4 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'll discover tucked-away gems like Ueno District and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima), Tokyo Horse Racetrack (in Fuchu) and Memorial Warships Mikasa (in Yokosuka). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and examine the collection at Museum of Yebisu Beer.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo sightseeing planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hachimanzaka and Onuma Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Hakodate side-trips: Nanae-cho (Onuma Quasi-National Park & Park Information Onuma) and Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Goryokaku Tower, walk around Moheji Hokutosei Plaza, contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Dozo, and take an in-depth tour of Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum.

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Fly from Tokyo to Hakodate in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, things will get little chillier in Hakodate: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, then get a sense of history and politics at Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence, and then ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): walk around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, then walk around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, and finally walk around Maruyama Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sapporo online route planner.

You can fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Hakodate in December, plan for slightly colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Wakkanai

— 3 nights

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu no Mon Course and Old Naval Watchtower. Step out of Wakkanai with an excursion to Toyotomi Onsen Fureai Center in Toyotomi-cho--about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Soya Misaki, steep yourself in history at Former Seto House, cruise along Yuhigaoka Parking Area, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokumon Shrine.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wakkanai itinerary planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Wakkanai by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Wakkanai are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Spas · Baths · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yuzawa Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Onibokora.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Noboribetsu online holiday maker.

You can fly from Wakkanai to Noboribetsu in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Wakkanai in December: highs in Noboribetsu hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Asakusa Shrine. See some other sides of Tokyo: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and examine the collection at Nissan Crossing.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary site.

You can fly from Noboribetsu to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Noboribetsu - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Shiroishi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Spas · Parks · Historic Sites

Shiroishi

— 1 night
Shiroishi is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Shiroishi Castle, then don't miss a visit to Samurai Housing, then relax in the rural setting at Zao Dairy Farm, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Shiroishi online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Shiroishi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in December, with highs in Shiroishi at 9°C and lows at 0°C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Obanazawa.

Things to do in Shiroishi

Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Obanazawa

— 2 nights
On the 21st (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ginzan Yuhodo. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Ozeki Park, make a trip to Kaneyama Townscape, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, steep yourself in history at Basho Onboard Place, then pause for some photo ops at Midori no Kaze Statue, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mominoki Monument.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Obanazawa trip maker website.

You can drive from Shiroishi to Obanazawa in 2 hours. Traveling from Shiroishi in December, you will find days in Obanazawa are slightly colder (4°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). You will leave for Yamagata on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Obanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Yamagata

— 1 night
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
On the 23rd (Wed), head outdoors with Shiginoya Chinuma, then explore the activities along Dokkonuma Swamp, and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of History and Culture Warabe No Sato.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamagata online tour planner.

You can drive from Obanazawa to Yamagata in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Yamagata are 4°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Meiji Jingu Gaien and teamLab☆Planets. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Ikuta Ryokuchi Park (in Kawasaki) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). Explore Tokyo further: get to know the fascinating history of University of Tokyo, admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, look for gifts at Stockplus, and steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Yamagata to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yamagata in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 12 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toshodai-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda), Nakanoshima Park (in Osaka) and Minoo Park (in Mino). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, go for a walk through Nanzenji Suirokaku, and stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 3 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bocchan Wind up Clock and Dogo Onsen Station. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsuyama: Toon (Namekawakeikoku & Shirai Fall). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, don't miss a visit to Taisanji Temple, step off the mainland to explore Gogoshima Island, and take some stellar pictures from Dogo Onsen Sora no Sampomichi.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Kyoto to Matsuyama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Kochi

— 4 nights
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum and Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue. Take a break from Kochi with a short trip to Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture in Konan, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge, stroll around Godaisan Park, step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokubunji Temple.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Matsuyama to Kochi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Onaruto Bridge and Thermal Spas. When in Takamatsu, make a side trip to see Okuboji Temple in Sanuki, approximately Sanuki away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, make a trip to Kikugetsutei, admire the masterpieces at The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Yashima.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Takamatsu day trip planning site.

You can drive from Kochi to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Kochi, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Takamatsu, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Garden and Rikugien Garden. Venture out of the city with trips to Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Museum of Art & Hakone Stone‐paved Road). See even more of Tokyo: take in nature's colorful creations at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, browse the exhibits of Kanda Myojin, and stroll around Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip site.

You can fly from Takamatsu to Tokyo in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips