21 days in East Asia Itinerary

21 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Niigata
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 1 night
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Otsu
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Beppu
— 1 night
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Sapporo — 2 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.
On the 3rd (Sat), find something for the whole family at Otaru Denuki Koji, explore the activities along Otaru Canal, then get in on the family fun at Shiroi Koibito Park, and finally walk around Odori Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, and then get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sapporo day trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Sapporo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Sapporo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, things will get much colder in Sapporo: highs are around 0°C and lows about -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Hakodate.
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Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate trip planning site.

Fly from Sapporo to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

Tokyo — 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 7th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Hakodate to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakodate in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Niigata.
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Find places to stay Dec 5 — 10:

Niigata — 1 night

The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stop by Ponshukan Niigata Station, visit Pia Bandai, then snap pictures at Bandai Bridge, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Niigata trip tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Niigata in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect nights in Niigata to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Kyoto.
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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 11th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Niigata to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Niigata in December, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (13°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Otsu.
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Otsu — 1 night

The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
On the 12th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Byodoin Omote-sando, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ujigami Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sawarabi Street. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Komponchudo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Otsu trip maker website.

Otsu is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In December, daytime highs in Otsu are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Osaka using our trip planner.

You can take a train from Otsu to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

Hiroshima — 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally make a trip to Okonomimura.

For photos and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

Fukuoka — 2 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.
On the 18th (Sun), admire the striking features of Hakoshima Residence, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, then make a trip to Hakata Station, then relax and rejuvenate at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka visit planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Fukuoka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Beppu.
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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Beppu — 1 night

The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the views from Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin, and then visit Yunotsubo Kaido. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, then take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, then take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Beppu holiday app.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Beppu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Beppu sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Niigata Prefecture travel guide

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Niigata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Honshu on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The capital is the city of Niigata with which it shares the same name.HistoryUntil after the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Niigata Prefecture was divided into Echigo Province (on the mainland) and Sado Province. During the Sengoku period, the Nagao clan, who were at times vassals to the Uesugi, ruled a fief in the western part of modern Niigata from Kasugayama Castle. The most notable member of the Nagao clan was Nagao Kagetora, later and better known as Uesugi Kenshin. He unified the leaders of Echigo Province and became its sole ruler. By taking the surname Uesugi, he also became the head of the Uesugi clan and effectively brought their realm under his control.The city of Niigata is now the third largest Japanese city facing the Sea of Japan, after Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. It was the first Japanese port on the Sea of Japan to be opened to foreign trade following the opening of Japan by Matthew Perry. It has since played an important role in trade with Russia and Korea. A freighter from North Korea visits Niigata once a month, in one of the few forms of direct contact between Japan and that country.

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