35 days in East Asia Itinerary

35 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shimukappu-mura
— 1 night
Drive
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly to Sendai Airport, Drive to Oishida-machi
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Oishida-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Train
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Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kawaguchi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Otaru
— 3 nights
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Sapporo

— 3 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 17th (Sat): walk around Odori Park. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), see the interesting displays at Minapa, then take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo TV Tower, then don't miss a visit to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and finally examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read Sapporo online road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Sapporo. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 0°C and lows are around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Shimukappu-mura.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

Shimukappu-mura

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido.

You can plan Shimukappu-mura trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Shimukappu-mura takes 2.5 hours. In December in Shimukappu-mura, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -3°C at night. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Shimukappu-mura

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Classes
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

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 20th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma and then don't miss a visit to Enmado.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu road trip website.

Traveling by car from Shimukappu-mura to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. When traveling from Shimukappu-mura in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Noboribetsu: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Hakodate

— 2 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.
On the 22nd (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Dozo, then admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hakodate day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Hakodate are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oishida-machi.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Oishida-machi

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oishida-machi: Tozawa-mura (Michi-no-Eki Tozawa, Tozawa Domain Funabansho, &more), Tall Cedar Tree in Kosugi (in Sakegawa-mura) and Murayama (Rose Koryukan & Higashizawa Rose Park).

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Explore your travel options from Hakodate to Oishida-machi with the Route module. In December in Oishida-machi, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and 0°C at night. You will leave for Tokyo on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Oishida-machi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Tokyo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and then take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oishida-machi to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Oishida-machi - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 30th (Fri), examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, then engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Nagoya online trip maker.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
On the 31st (Sat), gear up at Fuuka-Kimono.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

Kitakyushu

— 2 nights
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
On the 2nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Kyushu Railway History Museum, wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, then take in the views from Blue Wing Moji, then learn more about the world around you at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, and finally make a trip to Kokura Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Moji Telecommunication Museum, then stop by Karato market, then explore the activities along Kanmon Kaikyo, and finally don't miss a visit to Kanmon Tunnel for Humans (Moji Side).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kitakyushu route maker app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kitakyushu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In January in Kitakyushu, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 3rd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find photos and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Kitakyushu to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

Osaka

— 4 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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, &more), Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka online travel route planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan and then take a stroll through Odaiba District. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Hama Rikyu Gardens, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Rikugien Garden, then walk around Yoyogi Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

Kawaguchi

— 2 nights
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². On the 11th (Wed), walk around Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Kawaguchi Green Center, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally don't miss a visit to Previously Tanaka Family House. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitsuzoin Temple, then buy something for everyone on your list at AEON Lake Town, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saifuku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hozo-ji Temple.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kawaguchi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kawaguchi takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in January: highs in Kawaguchi hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Tokyo

— 4 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Samuraikibun Kamakura & Kōtoku-in) and Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). Enjoy Tokyo some more: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, stop by Akihabara, shop like a local with Asakusa, and make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Kawaguchi to Tokyo in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Otaru.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

Otaru

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Kenashi View Point and then hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort and then make a trip to JR Otaru Station.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Otaru online day trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Otaru in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Otaru hover around -3°C, while lows dip to -6°C. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19: