60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 9 nights
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Shirakawa
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 8 nights
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Kanazawa
— 7 nights
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Teshikaga-cho
— 3 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 1 night
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Otaru
— 2 nights
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Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
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Hakodate
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Miyakojima
— 6 nights
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Nara
— 7 nights
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Tokyo

— 9 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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Takeshita Street. Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Minamisawa Ajisaiyama (in Akiruno), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Kamakura (Kamakura Hiking Trails, Hase-dera Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online day trip planner.

Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Billund in April, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa

— 3 nights
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Visiting Grandee Hatoriko Ski Resort and Yukiwari Canyon will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Ouchijuku and Myotokuji Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Shirakawa side-trips: Nakayama Fuketsu (in Shimogo-machi) and Fukuroda Falls (in Daigo-machi). The adventure continues: trek along Nishinosato Promenade, steep yourself in history at Myokanji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Fukushima Prefecture Cultural Center Shirakawa-kan (Mahoron), and admire the natural beauty at Suirakuen.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Shirakawa driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Shirakawa takes 3 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in April, things will get a bit cooler in Shirakawa: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 14th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally walk around Onshi Hakone Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, then contemplate the long history of Odawara Castle, and finally walk around Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle Historic Park.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi attractions tool.

Drive from Shirakawa to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Shirakawa in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hakone-machi, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 8 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Head to Karuizawa prince shopping plaza and Seikando Bookstorefor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Matsumoto Castle and Zenko-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Nagano (Kankeiji Temple, Snow Monkey Resorts, &more), Karuizawa-machi (Stone Church, Shiraito Falls, &more) and Hakuba-mura (Happo-one Nature Study Course, Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: get outside with Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Anrakuji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Ueda Castle, and make a trip to Fukashi Shrine.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, you will find days in Matsumoto are a bit warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 7 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Do your shopping at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery and Forus Kanazawa. Get some historical perspective at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Takayama Jinya. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Wada House, &more), Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga) and Tateyama-machi (Lake Chinoike & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, explore the gorgeous colors at Tojimbo Cliff, and get a dose of the wild on In Kanazawa House.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip website.

Drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to fly to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho

— 3 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake Mashu and Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Teshikaga-cho: Kiyosato-cho (Kiyosato Yuhi no Oka & Shiretoko Tourist), Otowa Bridge (in Tsurui-mura) and Shari-cho (Raiun Shrine & Izuminomori Raiun Park). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu First Observatory, witness a stunning natural landmark at Lake Kussharo Sand Bath, and explore the activities along Lake Kussharo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Teshikaga-cho trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Teshikaga-cho takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect Teshikaga-cho to be slightly colder, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Noboribetsu

— 1 night
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu attractions planning site.

Traveling by flight from Teshikaga-cho to Noboribetsu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Noboribetsu sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Otaru.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks

Otaru

— 2 nights

Town of Hills

The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): head outdoors with Makumbetsu Marshmarshland, get engrossed in the history at Yoichi Fisheries Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, then examine the collection at Otaru-shi General Museum, and finally make a trip to JR Otaru Station. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Sankaku Market, contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, explore the activities along Otaru Canal, then snap pictures at Asakusa Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Tengu, and finally stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Otaru trip planner.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Otaru in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Otaru when traveling from Noboribetsu in May, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Otaru

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho

— 3 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Escape the urban bustle at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Rusutsu Resort Ski. Step out of Kutchan-cho with an excursion to Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area in Niseko-cho--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on Niseko Outdoor Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Mt. Yotei Spring Water, delve into the distant past at Soga Hokuei Stone Circle, and stop by Boot Solutions Niseko.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho trip builder.

You can drive from Otaru to Kutchan-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Kutchan-cho can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hakodate

— 1 night

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.
On the 10th (Tue), admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, then stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakodate Observatory.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Kutchan-cho to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites

Miyakojima

— 6 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Tomori no Amai. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kouri Island. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, get outside with Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House, play a few rounds at Emerald Coast Golf Links, and head off the coast to Ikema-jima Island.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip site.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Miyakojima takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Hakodate in May, with highs in Miyakojima at 32°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Nara.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Nara

— 7 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
For shopping fun, head to Studio Yamato Zakura or Experience YAMATO. Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Mt. Wakakusa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Uji (Asahiyaki, Byodoin, &more), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Kashihara City Tourism Exchange Center Kashihara Navi Plaza (in Kashihara). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, make a trip to Daibutsuden, contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River, and learn the secrets of beer at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Nara takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Miyakojima in May, things will get little chillier in Nara: highs are around 29°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka

— 6 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.
Visiting Mt. Koya and Katsuragi Highlands will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Minami (Namba). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Takatsuki Forest Center (in Takatsuki), Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Koyasan Okunoin). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Four-M, head outdoors with Asakayama Green, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

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

Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nara in May since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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.