9 days in Chiba Prefecture, Hokkaido & Kyushu Itinerary

9 days in Chiba Prefecture, Hokkaido & Kyushu Itinerary

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Urayasu
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Beppu
— 1 night
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Urayasu

— 2 nights
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, browse the different shops at Ikspiari, and then discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea. Keep things going the next day: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Urayasu road trip planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Urayasu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Melbourne in April, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Urayasu: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Goryokaku Tower, then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and then take a stroll through Motomachi.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hakodate journey planner.

Fly from Urayasu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Urayasu in April: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 13°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then get a taste of the local shopping with Tanukikoji Shopping Street, and then take a stroll through Susukino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and then stop by Daimaru Fujii Central.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in April, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Beppu.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

Beppu

— 1 night
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 19th (Tue), stop by Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, view the masterpieces at Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Beppu holiday planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Beppu by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, Beppu is somewhat warmer than Sapporo - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Beppu

Shopping · Museums · Spas · Baths
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

Nagasaki

— 2 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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, then take a stroll through Shinchi Chinatown, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki vacation planner.

Getting from Beppu to Nagasaki by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Chiba Prefecture travel guide

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Disney Parks & Activities · Historic Sites · Parks
Chiba Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region and the Greater Tokyo Area. The sixth most populous prefecture, and 27th largest by land area, Chiba is on the east coast of Honshu and largely consists of the Bōsō Peninsula, which encloses the eastern side of Tokyo Bay. Its capital is Chiba City.EtymologyThe name of Chiba Prefecture in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "thousand" and the second, means "leaves". The name first appears as an ancient kuni no miyatsuko, or regional command office, as the Chiba Kuni no Miyatsuko. The name was adopted by a branch of the Taira clan, which moved to the area in present-day Chiba City in the late Heian period. The branch of the Taira adopted the name and became the Chiba clan, and held strong influence over the area of the prefecture until the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The name "Chiba" was chosen for the prefecture at the time its creation in 1873 by the, an early Meiji-period body of prefectural governors that met to decide the structure of local and regional administration in Japan.The compound word, which refers to the Tokyo-Chiba region, is formed from the second character in Tokyo, and the second character in Chiba, which can also be pronounced “kei” and “yō” respectively. This compound is used in terms such as the Keiyō Line, Keiyō Road, Keiyō Rinkai Railway Rinkai Main Line, and the Keiyō Industrial Zone.

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Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.

Kyushu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Enthusiastic shutterbugs and lovers of all things picturesque often choose to tour Kyushu-Okinawa on one of the island's epic train trips, leading through a landscape shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. With mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of developed beaches, the region offers a wealth of marine sports and recreation. Those with relaxation on their mind take a vacation in Kyushu-Okinawa for a chance to explore some of Japan's finest onsens, in which pristine nature meets modern amenities for an unforgettable tourist experience.