35 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Otaki-machi
— 1 night
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Nagano
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Naha
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Escape the urban bustle at ►► Withlocals™ - Local Private Tours 🇯🇵 and Mt. Takao. Venture out of the city with trips to Rock Garden (in Ome), Taiheiyo Club Narita Course (in Narita) and Mt. Takaosan Hiking Course (in Hachioji). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Tokyo Skytree, take a stroll through Asakusa, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in November, Tokyo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Otaki-machi.
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Otaki-machi — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): kick back and relax at Ubara Beach, trek along Ubara Risokyo, then take in the dramatic scenery at Awamatanotaki Waterfall, then explore the striking landscape at Remains of Kobundo Tunnel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsuishiyama Kannon-ji Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Otaki-machi day trip planning site.

Getting from Tokyo to Otaki-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Otaki-machi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Nagano.
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Nagano — 3 nights

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Get some cultural insight at Matsumoto Castle and Saiho-ji Temple. Get outdoors at Snow Monkey Resorts and Naena Falls. Explore Nagano's surroundings by going to Mount Myōkō (in Myoko), Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi) and Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan) (in Matsumoto). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Nozawa Onsen and take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nagano sightseeing planning site.

Drive from Otaki-machi to Nagano in 5 hours. Traveling from Otaki-machi in December, things will get a bit cooler in Nagano: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa — 4 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Nagase house. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Higashichaya Old Town and Angoji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kita Family House (in Hodatsushimizu-cho), Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga) and Aratama Valley (in Komatsu). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and steep yourself in history at Wada House.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip builder tool.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Nagano in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kanazawa, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), then admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Seinan Sumiyagura. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Shimin Shiki no Mori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakkoin, then explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, and finally stop by Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get some historical perspective at Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Arashiyama, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and stroll through Katsura Imperial Villa.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Himeji Castle and Kofuku-ji Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more), Nara (Todai-ji Temple Nandai Gate, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en & Nishi no Maru). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:

Hiroshima — 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Miyajima and Mt. Misen. Get a sense of the local culture at Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Miyama Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Ruins of Ninomaru of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima online visit 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. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamado Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Nanzoin, and finally explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Niiyama Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kunenan, stroll through Yoshinogari Historical Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hashimoto Hachimangu.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip itinerary planning site.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. December in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Ishigaki.
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Ishigaki — 2 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 31st (Sat), head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and then take a memorable drive along Nagurao Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Omoto, hike along Nosoko Forest Road, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki vacation planner.

Fly from Fukuoka to Ishigaki in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fukuoka in December: highs in Ishigaki hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly to Naha.
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Naha — 2 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, then head off the coast to Senagajima Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naminoue-gu Shrine, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Naminoue Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Naha trip builder site.

Getting from Ishigaki to Naha by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In January in Naha, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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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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