60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route maker

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Hirosaki
— 4 nights
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Nagoya
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Naruto
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 6 nights
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Usa
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Fukuoka
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Head to Asakusa and Chiyoda Nyan To Naru Cafefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu & The Hakone Open-Air Museum). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and stop by Odaiba District.

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Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, things will get cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 8:

Hirosaki

— 4 nights
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hirosaki Castle and Iwakiyama Shrine. Escape the urban bustle at Oirase Mountain Stream and Mt. Iwaki Lifts. Venture out of the city with trips to Tsurunomai Bridge (in Tsuruta-machi), Aomori (Onsen Resorts, Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, &more) and Choshi Otaki Waterfall (in Towada). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Tachineputa No Yakata, steep yourself in history at Former Umeda Family Residence, walk around Hirosaki Park, and admire the natural beauty at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hirosaki online trip builder.

Getting from Tokyo to Hirosaki by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, things will get a bit cooler in Hirosaki: highs are around 1°C and lows about -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then visit Motomachi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakodate Orthodox Church. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Onuma Quasi-National Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path, then explore the activities along Onuma Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappist Monasteries.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Hakodate road trip app.

Traveling by train from Hirosaki to Hakodate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

Sapporo

— 5 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.
Appreciate the collections at Royce' Chocolate World and The Hokkaido University Museum. Get some historical perspective at Hokkaido Jingu and Tomioka Catholic Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Noboribetsu (Jigokudani, Oyunuma, &more) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, take a stroll through Susukino, and stroll around Nakajima Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Sapporo online route builder.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in December, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at D. T. Suzuki Museum and Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Takayama (Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan), Wine Tours & Tastings, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Suganuma Gassho Community, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate the long history of Wada House, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Kanazawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in December, expect Kanazawa to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

Nagoya

— 5 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Take a break from the city and head to Nakasendo Tsumagojuku and Nakasendo Magome-juku. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hamamatsu Air Park and Sengukan. Venture out of the city with trips to Iwamura Castle Ruins (in Ena), Naegi Castle Ruins (in Nakatsugawa) and Hikone (Soanji Temple, Hikone Castle, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya online vacation planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

Kyoto

— 8 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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Shigeharu Cutleryfor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Enryaku-ji Yokawachudo in Otsu, approximately Otsu away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip site.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 6:

Osaka

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Peace Osaka. Head to Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Streetfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more), Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Nara Park) and Himeji (Shoshazan Engyoji, Himeji Castle, &more). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka driving holiday website.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; 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 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:

Naruto

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Strait, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, then snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izanagi Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): fulfill a lifelong dream with Japan Dolphin Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Okuboji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Naruto City Kagawa Toyohiko Memorial Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oasahiko Shrine.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Naruto online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Naruto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Osaka in January, Naruto is a bit warmer at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Historic Sites · Classes · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Hiroshima

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daishoin Temple and Mazda Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Miyajima and Boat Tours & Water Sports. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Senjokaku), Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Museum). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima day trip website.

Traveling by car from Naruto to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Naruto in January, Hiroshima is little chillier at night with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Usa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:

Usa

— 3 nights
Usa is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Usajingu Shrine and Kitsuki Castle Town. Oita Prefectural Museum of History and Usa City Peace Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Usa: Nakatsu (Rakanji Temple & Yabakei), Oita Trappist Monastery (in Hiji-machi) and Kunisaki (Monjusenji Temple, Futagoji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokoji Temple Five Hundred Arhats, admire nature's wide array of creatures at African Safari, make a trip to Usajingu Shrine Jogu, and get to know the fascinating history of Minamidai Bukeyashiki Ato.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Usa route maker app.

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Usa takes 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Usa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nanzoin and Miyajidake Shrine. Get in touch with nature at Nokonoshima Island and Kanmon Kaikyo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Tenkai Inari Shrine, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more), Munakata Shrine (in Munakata) and Onojo - Chikuzenkoku (in Onojo). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, stop by Mojiko Retro, and admire the landmark architecture of Old Moji Zeikan.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Usa to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 29:

Kanto travel guide

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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.

Tohoku travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

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.

Chubu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
In the middle of Japan's largest island, the region of Chubu remains best known for its picturesque natural scenery and numerous hot springs. The region contains the rugged Japanese Alps, which separate the country's sunny Pacific from the snowy Sea of Japan side. Thanks to this high mountain range, most vacations in Chubu include skiing in the cold months and hiking in the warmer part of the year. Don't miss a tour of Mount Fuji, Japan's enduring symbol and a hugely popular attraction, both for climbing and viewing. When you need to add some urban flair to your Chubu itinerary, the large city of Nagoya holds plenty of appeal with museums, shrines, and parks.

Kansai travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
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.

Shikoku travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · 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.

Chugoku travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · History 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.

Oita Prefecture travel guide

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Hot Springs · Historic Sites · Landmarks
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

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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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