25 days in East Asia Itinerary

25 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fukuoka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yufu
— 1 night
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Himeji
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 day
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Fukuoka — 5 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kumamoto (Sakuranobaba Johsaien, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, &more), Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more) and Shimonoseki (Akama Shrine & Karato market). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, go for a walk through Ohori Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip itinerary maker site.

Sydney, Australia to Fukuoka is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Fukuoka to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Yufu.
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Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 1:

Yufu — 1 night

Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
On the 1st (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin and then take a stroll through Yunotsubo Kaido. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally make a trip to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yufu trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Yufu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Yufu sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

Hiroshima — 1 night

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip site.

Drive from Yufu to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll travel to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:

Himeji

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Himeji route website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Himeji are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

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 is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Wed) before leaving for Nara.
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Nara — 1 day

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 7th (Wed), examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then walk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nara journey builder website.

Getting from Osaka to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

Kyoto — 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a train to Nagoya.
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Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:

Nagoya — 1 night

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya route maker site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in December, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

Tokyo — 6 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 16th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and stop by Akihabara.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online route planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Nagoya in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Dec 12 — 18: