60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Sapporo
— 7 nights
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Aomori
— 3 nights
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Niigata
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 10 nights
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Matsuyama
— 7 nights
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Yamaguchi
— 5 nights
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Fukuoka
— 6 nights
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Naha
— 6 nights
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Sapporo

— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kitahiroshima Cycling Road (in Kitahiroshima), Otaru (Otaru Denuki Koji, Otaru Canal, &more) and Noboribetsu (Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, Spas, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, wander the streets of Susukino, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maruyama Zoo.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo road trip site.

Sydney, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Sapporo reach 0°C and lows reach -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aomori

— 3 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aomori: Towada (Choshi Otaki Waterfall, Oirase Mountain Stream, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, explore the ancient world of Sannai-Maruyama Site, witness a stunning natural landmark at Manjufukashi, and browse the different shops at A-FACTORY.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Aomori day trip planning app.

Fly from Sapporo to Aomori in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Aomori, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a train to Niigata.

Things to do in Aomori

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Niigata

— 5 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Niigata: Nagaoka (Ao-re Nagaoka, Yoshinokawa Sake Brewery Museum Hisagotei, &more), Yahiko-mura (Yahikoyama Panorama Tower, Yahiko Shrine, &more) and Shibata (Suwa Shrine, Ichishimatei, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Fukushima-gata, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yahiko, enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, and stop by Pia Bandai.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Niigata holiday builder tool.

Traveling by train from Aomori to Niigata takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aomori in December: high temperatures in Niigata hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 6 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 find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder.

Getting from Niigata to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. While traveling from Niigata, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Nagoya

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Ise (Jingu Chokokan Museum, Ise Grand Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Seinan Sumiyagura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nagoya road trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Nagoya hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 10 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Universal Studios Japan, &more), Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo (in Namba) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online road trip planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 7 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsuyama: Onomichi (Neko no Hosomichi, Senkoji & Senkoji Park, &more), Okunoshima Island (in Takehara) and Uchiko-cho (Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, Izumidani Terraces, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Central Shrine of Ishizuchi Jinja, step off the mainland to explore Nogutsunajima Island, and contemplate the long history of Site of Tonaru Storehouse.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Matsuyama route planning website.

You can fly from Kyoto to Matsuyama in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. January in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Yamaguchi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Yamaguchi

— 5 nights

Kyoto of the West

Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
Get out of town with these interesting Yamaguchi side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Itsukushima Shrine, &more), Akiyoshido (in Mine) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, get outside with Ishin One Hundres Year Memeorial Park, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryuzoji Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamaguchi route builder site.

Drive from Matsuyama to Yamaguchi in 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Yamaguchi can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yamaguchi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Tenkai Inari Shrine, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more), Onojo - Chikuzenkoku (in Onojo) and Kumamoto (Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Kumamoto Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and go for a walk through Ohori Park.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka day trip site.

You can drive from Yamaguchi to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. In January in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Naha

— 6 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Ginoza Roadside Station (in Ginoza-son), Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Kouri Ocean Tower, snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, and don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Naha day trip website.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Naha in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fukuoka in February: highs in Naha hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips