24 days in East Asia Itinerary

24 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route maker
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Fly
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Aomori
— 2 nights
Train
3
Sendai
— 1 night
Drive
4
Oarai-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
7
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Takehara
— 1 night
Drive
10
Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Sapporo — 3 nights

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hokkaido Shrine Tongu and Naritasan Sapporo Betsuin Shinei-ji Temple. Hokkaido Museum Morino Charenga and Watanabe Junichi Museum of Literature will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Asahikawa (Asahikawashi Museum, Kamikawa Shrine, &more) and Otaru (The Glass Studio in Otaru & Tomioka Catholic Church). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hokkaido Railway Museum, steep yourself in history at Important Cultural Properties at Hokkaido University Botanical Garden Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sapporo Gokoku Shrine.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sapporo visit planning website.

Newark, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Sapporo is 14 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Newark in February: highs in Sapporo hover around 29°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly to Aomori.
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Aomori — 2 nights

Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): make a trip to Dazai Osamu Residence, Tsushimake Shinzashiki, examine the collection at Tsugaru Shamisen Kaikan, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Utou Jinja. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum of Art, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kobata Boen・Hakkodasan Snow March Distress Museum, then steep yourself in history at Nakamachi Komise Street, and finally admire the striking features of Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Aomori route maker site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Aomori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Sendai.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): examine the collection at Tanabata Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futahashira Shrine, get a new perspective on nature at Tohoku University of Natural History, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosho-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horin-in Temple.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sendai trip builder.

You can take a train from Aomori to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Aomori in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Sendai: highs are around 41°F and lows about 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oarai-machi.
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Oarai-machi — 3 nights

Museum-lovers will appreciate Oarai Ocean Museum and Tsukuba Navy Air Corps Memorial Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Oyama-ji Temple Tomiya Kannon and Gannyu-ji Temple. Step out of Oarai-machi with an excursion to Yakuo-in Temple in Sakuragawa--about 1h 5 min away.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Oarai-machi trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sendai to Oarai-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Sendai in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Oarai-machi, with highs around 48°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hozomon and Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin. Appreciate the collections at JP Tower Museum Intermediatheque and Ota Memorial Museum of Art. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Soji-ji Temple in Yokohama, approximately Yokohama away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Ikegami Baien, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyu Kaneiji Five-Storied Pagoda.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo journey maker site.

Getting from Oarai-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Oarai-machi in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly to Kyoto.
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Jonangu Shrine and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. Get some historical perspective at Myoshinji Temple and Iwashimizu Hachimangu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art (in Oyamazaki-cho) and Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan (in Uji). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sembon Shakado, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK), admire the natural beauty at Taizo-in, and steep yourself in history at Yasakanoto.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.
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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 explore and learn at Modern Transportation Museum and Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall. Get some cultural insight at Naramachi Koshino Ie and Tanzan Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Chuguji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho), Abemonjuin (in Sakurai) and Harushika Brewery (in Nara). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Tekijuku, examine the collection at Tsunami and Storm Surge Disaster Prevention Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and stop by Tower Knives Osaka.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Osaka route app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Osaka sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Noboricho Church, Memorial Cathedral for World Peace, see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, then examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Hiroshima Stretch. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Kure City Irifuneyama Memorial Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Misenhondo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyama Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomori Shrine.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima online journey planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in February, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Takehara.
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Takehara — 1 night

Takehara is a city located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. On the 23rd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Takehara Museum, then contemplate the long history of Southern Fort Remains, and then contemplate the long history of Remains of Automatic Switchboard Room.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Takehara online trip planner.

You can drive from Hiroshima to Takehara in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Hiroshima in February, expect Takehara to be slightly colder, temps between 45°F and 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Nagasaki.
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Nagasaki — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nagasaki holiday tool.

Drive from Takehara to Nagasaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Takehara in February, expect Nagasaki to be a bit warmer, temps between 51°F and 40°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for home.
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