32 days in East Asia Itinerary

32 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Hakuba-mura
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as teamLab☆Planets and Kencho-ji Temple. Hozomon and Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Chureito Pagoda (in Fujiyoshida), Kamakura (Kamakura Hiking Trails, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine & Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum). There's still lots to do: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Mori Art Museum, and wander the streets of Ueno District.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app.

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. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 27:

Hakuba-mura

— 5 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Get some cultural insight at Hakuba and Saiho-ji Temple. Zenko-ji Temple and Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakuba-mura: Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort (in Otari-mura), Nagano (Togakushi Jinja Hokosha & Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, take some stellar pictures from Hakuba Mountain Harbor, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, and get outside with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Hakuba-mura to be little chillier, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Chishaku-in. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Kurama and Mount Hiei. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Uji to see Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Kyoto in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakuba-mura in January; daily highs in Kyoto reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 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.
Visiting Mt. Wakakusa and Chausuyama will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horyu-ji Temple and Toshodai-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda), Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara) and Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Osaka tenmangu shrine, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka tour planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mazda Museum and Senjokaku. Your inner history buff will appreciate Peace Flame and Former Naval Academy. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Daishoin Temple (in Hatsukaichi) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima vacation planning website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Nagasaki

— 4 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Visit Yutoku Inari Shrine and Urakami Cathedral for their historical value. Visiting Gamadasu Dome (Mt. Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall) and Mt. Unzendake will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Zuikoji Temple (in Ureshino), Thermal Spas (in Unzen) and Saga (Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum & Former Fukuda Residence). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and contemplate the long history of Higashiyamate Ko Jusanbankan.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki journey app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

Tokyo

— 1 night
On the 19th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya, contemplate the long history of Toshogu Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, and finally admire the masterpieces at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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Hiroshima Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · History Museums · Islands
Hiroshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island. The capital is the city of Hiroshima. It has a population of around 2.8 million.HistoryThe area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan's recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chūgoku region and was the seat of the Mōri clan until the Battle of Sekigahara.Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few remnants of prewar Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945;The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to "float" during high tide.GeographyHiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Chūgoku. Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture; and rivers produce rich plains near the coast.The province faces Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima Bay opens on the Inland Sea. The prefecture also includes many small islands.

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