25 days in East Asia Itinerary

25 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Sendai
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Beppu
— 1 night
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Sapporo — 2 nights

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 Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church, Otaru Canal, &more). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Sapporo St. Michael's Church, head outdoors with Okurayama Lookout, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo vacation planner.

Birmingham, UK to Sapporo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Traveling from Birmingham in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Hakodate.
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Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Hakodate — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Hakodate Observatory, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, take a stroll through Motomachi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Goryokaku Tower.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Hakodate trip planning website.

Getting from Sapporo to Hakodate by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

Tokyo — 4 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo route maker website.

Fly from Hakodate to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hakodate in May, with highs in Tokyo at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can fly to Sendai.
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Find places to stay May 12 — 16:

Sendai — 1 night

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 17th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, admire the natural beauty at Sendai City Wild Plants Garden, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, then explore the galleries of Aoba Castle Museum, then make a trip to Sendai Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosho-ji Temple.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sendai road trip app.

Fly from Tokyo to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for little chillier days in Sendai, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

Kyoto — 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip tool.

You can fly from Sendai to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Sendai, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.
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Find places to stay May 17 — 21:

Osaka — 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and admire the striking features of Umeda Sky Building.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Osaka, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Hiroshima — 3 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary website.

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. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Beppu.
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Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Beppu — 1 night

The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 28th (Sun), look for gifts at Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, then take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shidakako Lake, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

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

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Beppu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, you will find days in Beppu are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuoka.
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Parks · Nature · Shopping · Baths
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:

Fukuoka — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, then take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, then take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Beppu to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Beppu in May, expect nights in Fukuoka to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay May 28 — 29:

Ishigaki — 3 nights

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 30th (Tue), see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then look for gifts at Ishigakijima Pineapple Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, then explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and finally walk around Kabira Park.

To find maps and tourist information, use the Ishigaki vacation planner.

Fly from Fukuoka to Ishigaki in 4 hours. Traveling from Fukuoka in May, expect Ishigaki to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Thu) before leaving for home.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

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Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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