16 days in East Asia Itinerary

16 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Akita
— 2 nights
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Nikko
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru (JR Otaru Station, Asakusa Bridge, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Moiwa, and take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip itinerary builder site.

Lisbon, Portugal to Sapporo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon to Sapporo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in August, expect nights in Sapporo to be somewhat warmer, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Hakodate

— 2 nights

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.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries, contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Dozo, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, wander the streets of Motomachi, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, then steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Hakodate Observatory.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate vacation tool.

You can fly from Sapporo to Hakodate in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. August in Hakodate sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Akita.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Akita

— 2 nights
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Michi-no-Eki Akita Port, admire the landmark architecture of Port Tower Selion, take an in-depth tour of Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Park Kanpuzan Kaiten Observatory Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, examine the collection at Akita Akarenga Kyodokan, take in nature's colorful creations at Senshu Park, then explore the historical opulence of Kubota Castle, and finally admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Akita route planner.

Getting from Hakodate to Akita by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in August, expect nights in Akita to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Akita

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:

Nikko

— 2 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 25th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hoshinomiya Iwasaku Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko sightseeing planning website.

You can take a train from Akita to Nikko in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Akita in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 29°C in Nikko. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and visit Ginza.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in August, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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