60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

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Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Yufu
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Yufu
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka
— 7 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Drive to Kure, Ferry to Matsuyama
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Matsuyama
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kochi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 10 nights
Fly
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Hakodate
— 4 nights
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Sapporo
— 7 nights
Fly
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Sendai
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
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Yufu

— 4 nights
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Explore Yufu's surroundings by going to Saiki (Saiki Port & Banjo Osakanakan), Old Garden of Kurushima (in Kusu-machi) and Fukura Tenmangu (in Usuki). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, don't miss a visit to Ozuru Spring, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yufu holiday planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Yufu is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Yufu is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brisbane in March, things will get colder in Yufu: highs are around 15°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 7 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Kurume (Kurume Tsubaki Park, Kurume World Camellia Museum, &more), Yanagawa (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Yanagawa Onsen MInamikaze) and Furogu (in Okawa). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, see the interesting displays at Koishiwarayaki Traditional Industry Plaza, go for a walk through Ohori Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yufu to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more), Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden) and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (in Kurashiki). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 5 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsuyama: Uchiko-cho (Yuge Shrine & Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei), Shimonada Station (in Iyo) and Toon (Kamihayashi Mizunomoto Somen-nagashi & Shirai Fall). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toyogahashi Eitokuji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Site of Tonaru Storehouse.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Matsuyama trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Hiroshima to Matsuyama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kochi

— 3 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.
Explore Kochi's surroundings by going to Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi (in Aki), Nagoya Chinka Bridge (in Hidaka-mura) and Otoyo-cho (Buraku-ji Temple Yakushido & Mt. Kajigamori). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kochi Castle, examine the collection at Ryoma History Museam, explore the activities along Niyodo River, and browse the fresh offerings at Hirome Ichiba.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kochi driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Matsuyama to Kochi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

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: Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Senko-ji Temple, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, stop by Gion, and contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Kochi to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Hakodate

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nanae-cho (Nagareyama Camping Site, Onuma Lake, &more) and Houkiji Temple (in Hokuto). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate trip builder.

Getting from Kyoto to Hakodate by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In April, Hakodate is a bit cooler than Kyoto - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Noboribetsu (Spas, Jigokudani, &more), Rhythm Base, Hirafu (in Kutchan-cho) and Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church & Otaru Canal). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Odori Park, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Moiwa.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hakodate in April: highs in Sapporo hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly to Sendai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Sendai

— 3 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yamagata (Onsen Resorts & Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort), Matsushima-machi (Entsu-in Temple & Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum) and Zao-machi (Miyagi Zao Eboshi Resort, O-torii, &more). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Kawamachi Terasu Yuriage, step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, appreciate the history behind Zuihoden, and make a trip to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sendai holiday site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Sendai in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In April, Sendai is somewhat warmer than Sapporo - with highs of 17°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 11 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, Hase-dera Temple, &more). Have a day of magic on the 25th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, visit Odaiba District, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Sendai to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sendai in April, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Oita Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Hot Springs · Onsen Resorts · Sacred & Religious Sites
Ōita Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The prefectural capital is the city of Ōita.HistoryAround the 6th century Kyushu consisted of four regions: Tsukushi Province, Hi Province, Kumaso Province and Toyo Province.Toyo Province was later divided into two regions, upper and lower Toyo Province, called Bungo Province and Buzen Province.After the Meiji Restoration, districts from Bungo and Buzen provinces were combined to form Ōita Prefecture. These provinces were divided among many local daimyōs and thus a large castle town never formed in Ōita. From this time that whole area became known as "Toyo-no-kuni", which means "Land of Abundance".The origins of the name Ōita are documented in a report from the early 8th century called the Chronicles of Bungo. According to the document, when Emperor Keikō visited the Kyushu region, stopping first in Toyo-no-kuni, he exclaimed that 'This is a vast land, indeed. It shall be known as Okita-Kuni!' Okita-Kuni, meaning "Land of the Great Fields", later came to be written as "Ōita". Present day interpretations based on Ōita's topography state that Oita's name comes from "Okita", meaning "many fields", rather than "vast" or "great" field, because of Ōita's complex terrain.

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Fukuoka Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Shopping Malls · Landmarks
Fukuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Fukuoka.HistoryFukuoka Prefecture includes the former provinces of Chikugo, Chikuzen, and Buzen.Shrines and templesKōra taisha, Sumiyoshi-jinja, and Hakosagi-gū are the chief Shinto shrines in the prefecture.GeographyFukuoka Prefecture faces the sea on three sides, bordering Saga, Ōita, and Kumamoto prefectures and facing Yamaguchi Prefecture across the Kanmon Straits.As of 1 April 2012, 18% of the land area of the prefecture was designated as natural parks: Setonaikai National Park, Genkai, Kitakyūshū, and Yaba-Hita-Hikosan quasi-national parks, and Chikugogawa, Chikuhō, Dazaifu, Sefuri Raizan, and Yabegawa Prefectural Natural Parks.

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Chugoku travel guide

4.4
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The western portion of the island of Honshu, Chugoku features two distinct seacoasts. The area along the Seto Inland Sea represents one of Japan's most industrialized and urbanized sections, while the coastline lapped by the Sea of Japan remains more rural--as well as less touristy. Both areas offer plenty of vacation ideas in Chugoku, with pilgrimages to see over 30 historic temples among the most popular things to do here. The region also contains Hiroshima, which is not only the site of the infamous atomic bombing, but also a modern urban center with a busy nightlife and a cosmopolitan atmosphere that appeals to foreign tourists.

Shikoku travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.

Kansai travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.

Tohoku travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Bodies of Water
Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.

Kanto travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Nearly synonymous with Tokyo and its suburban sprawl, the region of Kanto encompasses many historical sites, hot springs, semitropical islands, and picturesque mountains. Predictably, most tours of Kanto begin and end in Tokyo, which serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby national parks, ancient temples, and grand monuments reminding visitors of Japan's shogun era. During feudal times, Kanto reigned as the center of political and military power; today, the area represents one of the country's tourism hubs. As you plan your Kanto itinerary, be sure to include a stop in Kamakura, a small temple town filled with notable cultural treasures.