36 days in East Asia Itinerary

36 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 15 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Okinawa City
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Royce' Chocolate World and The Site of Temiya Line. Get some cultural insight at Otaru-shi General Museum and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Take a break from Sapporo with a short trip to Otaru Miyakodori Shopping District in Otaru, about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, stroll around Hiraoka Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, and examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip builder site.

London, UK to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from London in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Tokyo

— 15 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.
You'll explore and learn at Nezu Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. Popular historic sites such as Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama (in Yokohama), Tokyo Horse Racetrack (in Fuchu) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing), &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, and take a stroll through Ueno District.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in May, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — Jun 4:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shimogamo Jinja and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nijo Castle and Kennin-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, examine the collection at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, and wander the streets of Shinbashi Dori.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:

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.
Osaka Castle and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hozenji Yokocho and Dotombori District. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Kids Plaza Osaka and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine Treasure Hall. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Mitaki Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Mikasahama Beach in Hatsukaichi (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:

Okinawa City

— 6 nights
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Akabaka Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Okinawa Naritasan Fukusen-ji Temple and Urasoe Castle Ruins. Change things up with these side-trips from Okinawa City: Minatogawa Stateside Town (in Urasoe), Ojana Menuka (in Ginowan) and Ikei Island Beach Camping Ground (in Ikei-jima). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Amamichu Tomb, examine the collection at Okinawa City Local Museum, take an in-depth tour of Okinawa Post-War Cultural Material Museum Histreet, and step into the grandiose world of Agena Castle Ruins.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hiroshima to Okinawa City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 20: