60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
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Fukuoka
— 4 nights
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
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Kagoshima
— 4 nights
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Tokushima
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 7 nights
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Fuji
— 8 nights
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Yokohama
— 6 nights
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Sendai
— 5 nights
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Hirosaki
— 3 nights
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Aomori
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki

— 5 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.
Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Akaeza (in Arita-cho). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, and examine the collection at Dejima.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nagasaki itinerary builder tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Nagasaki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in February; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 12°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 21:

Fukuoka

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Hompuku-ji Temple (in Kiyama-cho) and Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, browse the fresh offerings at Osakana Tengoku, and make a trip to Hakata Station.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fukuoka using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Fukuoka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 25:

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kumamon Square, stroll around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kamitori Shopping Street, then admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Shimotori Shotengai. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, surround yourself with nature on Explore Kumamoto, and then make a trip to JR Kumamoto Station.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Kumamoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:

Kagoshima

— 4 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Explore Kagoshima's surroundings by going to Minamikyushu (Chiran Samurai Residence Garden & Chiran Peace Museum). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sengan-en, take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Shiroyama, browse the different shops at Amu Plaza Kagoshima, and appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Tokushima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 3:

Tokushima

— 6 nights
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokushima side-trips: Takamatsu (Tamamo Park & Ritsurin Garden), Naruto (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Otsuka Museum of Art, &more) and Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, take in the views from Onaruto Bridge, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokushima day trip app.

Fly from Kagoshima to Tokushima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kagoshima in March, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Tokushima: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokushima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 9:

Osaka

— 7 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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kyoto (Sanjusangendo Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, stop by Tower Knives Osaka, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip builder tool.

Getting from Tokushima to Osaka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Osaka when traveling from Tokushima in March, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 16:

Fuji

— 8 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Change things up with these side-trips from Fuji: Hamamatsu (Hamamatsu Air Park & Hamamatsu Castle Tower Gate), Fujinomiya (Fujisanhongusengen Shrine Okumiya & Shiraito Falls) and Susono (Tomei Country Club & Goryuno Falls). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Fuji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, get great views at Imamiya Tea Plantation, and take in the pleasant sights at Obuchi Sasaba.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fuji trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Fuji by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Osaka in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fuji, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 24:

Yokohama

— 6 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Explore Yokohama's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more), Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sojiji, stroll around Yamashita Park, and see the interesting displays at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yokohama holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Fuji to Yokohama takes 2 hours. March in Yokohama sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can fly to Sendai.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 30:

Sendai

— 5 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yamagata (Frost Covered Trees of Zao, Risshaku-ji Temple, &more), Matsushima-machi (Zuiganji, Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, &more) and Zao-machi (Sumikawa Snow Park & Miyagi Zao Eboshi Resort). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Kawamachi Terasu Yuriage, don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue, step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, and browse the exhibits of Zuihoden.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Sendai online attractions planner.

You can fly from Yokohama to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Yokohama in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 4:

Hirosaki

— 3 nights
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Hirosaki is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saishoin Temple, contemplate the long history of Former Hirosaki City Library, and make a trip to Former Fifty-Ninth Bank Aomori Bank Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hirosaki day trip site.

Getting from Sendai to Hirosaki by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sendai in April, things will get slightly colder in Hirosaki: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aomori.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, admire the striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and then explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Sannai-Maruyama Site, take in the awesome beauty at Hakkoda Mountains, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Aomori trip tool.

You can drive from Hirosaki to Aomori in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums · Historic Sites · Baths · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

Sapporo

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu) and Otaru (Otaru Canal & Tomioka Catholic Church). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sapporo day trip planner.

Fly from Aomori to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Aomori in April, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:

Kyushu travel guide

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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.

Tokushima Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bridges · Landmarks
Tokushima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on Shikoku island. The capital is the city of Tokushima.

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Aomori Prefecture travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
Aomori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region. The capital is the city of Aomori.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Aomori prefecture was known as the northern part of Mutsu Province.During the Edo period the Hirosaki clan began building a seaport at the current city of Aomori. There were green woods near the city which were used as landmarks for the ships that came into port. These green woods called aoi-mori is where Aomori got its name. The prefecture came into existence in 1871. The town of Aomori was established in 1889. The town was incorporated as a city in 1898 with a population of 28,000. On May 3, 1910, a fire broke out in the Yasukata district. Fanned by strong winds, the fire quickly devastated the whole city. The conflagration claimed 26 lives and injured a further 160 residents. It destroyed 5,246 houses and burnt 19 storage sheds and 157 warehouses. At 10:30 p.m. on July 28, 1945, a squadron of American B29 bombers bombed over 90% of the city.Radio Aomori (RAB) made its first broadcast in 1951. Four years later, the first fish auctions were held. 1958 saw the completion of the Municipal Fish Market as well as the opening of the Citizen's Hospital. In the same year, the Tsugaru Line established a rail connection with Minmaya Village at the tip of the peninsula.

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