55 days in East Asia Itinerary

55 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Shizuoka
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 8 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Osaka
— 7 nights
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Kobe
— 6 nights
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Okayama
— 6 nights
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Fukuoka
— 6 nights
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Tokyo

— 8 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in), Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary site.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shizuoka

— 6 nights
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shizuoka: Nishiizu Skyline (in Izu), Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Yamanakako-mura (Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Bungakukan (Mishima Yukio Museum), &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, stroll around Suwanomori Nature Park, and admire the sheer force of Abe Great Waterfall.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Shizuoka holiday planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Shizuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 8 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Hamamatsu (Irikawaya, Mikkabi Honten, Maruu Toyama Farm, &more) and Toba (Former Toba Elementary School, Toba Aquarium, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, find something for the whole family at Hotel Shima Spain Mura, make a trip to Okage Yokocho, and admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Shizuoka to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Shizuoka in December; daily highs in Nagoya reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Byodoin (in Uji) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Katsura Imperial Villa, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Osaka

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Takaminosato (in Higashiyoshino-mura), Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kobe

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: Mt. Takamikura (in Kakogawa), Tokushima (Zuiganji Temple & Bizan Ropeway Summit Observatory Deck) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, let little ones run wild at Akashi National Government Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokkosan Kaburaiji Temple, and make a trip to Nunohiki River Valley.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kobe itinerary site.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January in Kobe, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Okayama

— 6 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Explore Okayama's surroundings by going to Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more), Takamatsu (Ritsurin Garden & Shikoku Mura Village) and Kyu Zentsujikaikosya (in Zentsuji). Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Daisen-Oki National Park. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Okunoin Kasagatakiji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hitoyama Rikyu Hachiman Shrine.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Okayama itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Okayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kobe in January, Okayama is little chillier at night with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 6 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.
Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Nagasaki (Sōfuku-ji Temple, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, &more), Dazaifu (Dazaifu Tenman-gu & Komyozen-ji Temple) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Archaeology Center, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka road trip planning tool.

Getting from Okayama to Fukuoka by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips