43 days in Japan & Philippines Itinerary

43 days in Japan & Philippines Itinerary

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43 days in Japan & Philippines Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  34​h
1
Biei-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Sapporo, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Niseko-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Shiroishi, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Aizuwakamatsu, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Uonuma, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Minakami-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Takayama, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
11
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
12
El Nido, Philippines
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h 30​min
13
Coron, Philippines
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
14
Siargao Island, Philippines
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
15
Moalboal, Philippines
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
16
Oslob, Philippines
— 1 night
Fly:  35​h
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Biei-cho, Japan

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
On the 28th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Asahikawashi Museum, examine the collection at Ayako Miura Literature Museum, then cruise along Ken & Mary Tree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Biei Shrine, and finally view the masterpieces at Okanomachi Koryukan Bi.Yell. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Pond, and then explore the galleries of Takushinkan.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Biei-cho trip maker app .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Biei-cho is an approximately 34-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Biei-cho. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, things will get cooler in Biei-cho: highs are around -1°C and lows about -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Asahikawa
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Takushinkan ©
Takushinkan
Blue Pond ©
Blue Pond
Shirahige Falls ©
Shirahige Falls

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Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Clock Tower (Tokei-dai) and Former Entomology Lab. Visiting Otaru Canal and Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, walk around Odori Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Sapporo trip planning app .

You can drive from Biei-cho to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Biei-cho in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -2°C in Sapporo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Otaru Canal, Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm
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Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Mt. Okura Observatory ©
Mt. Okura Observatory
Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa

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Niseko-cho, Japan

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Niseko Outdoor Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shinsennuma, then explore the ancient world of Soga Hokuei Stone Circle, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arishima Memorial Center. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Niseko Village Ski Resort, then learn more about the world around you at Toyako Visitor Center, and then explore the activities along Lake Toya.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Niseko-cho trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Sapporo to Niseko-cho in 2 hours. When traveling from Sapporo in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Niseko-cho: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Shiroishi.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Shinsennuma, Lake Toya, Toyako Visitor Center
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Niseko Village Ski Resort ©
Niseko Village Ski Resort
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

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Shiroishi, Japan

Shiroishi ©
Shiroishi is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. You've now added Miyagi Zao Fox Village to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sumaru House, contemplate the long history of Samurai Housing, stroll through Miyagi Zao Fox Village, explore the historical opulence of Shiroishi Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Shiroishi Castle History Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinmeisha.

To find out how to plan a trip to Shiroishi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sapporo to Shiroishi. When traveling from Sapporo in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Shiroishi: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Shiroishi

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Shiroishi Castle ©
Shiroishi Castle
Shiroishi Castle History Museum ©
Shiroishi Castle History Museum
Shinmeisha ©
Shinmeisha

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night
Aizuwakamatsu, Japan

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Aizu Old Samurai Residences, don't miss a visit to Byakkotai's Tomb, make a trip to Sazaedo, steep yourself in history at Iimoriyama, then explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga Castle, and finally look for gifts at Aizu Shurakukan.

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Traveling by car from Shiroishi to Aizuwakamatsu takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Uonuma.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Shopping
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Tsuruga Castle ©
Tsuruga Castle
Sazaedo ©
Sazaedo
Iimoriyama ©
Iimoriyama

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Uonuma, Japan

Uonuma ©
On the 6th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Okutadami Maruyama Ski Ground, then make a trip to Uonuma no Sato, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saifukuji Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uonuma trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Aizuwakamatsu to Uonuma by car takes about 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Uonuma are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Minakami-machi.

Things to do in Uonuma

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Saifukuji Temple ©
Saifukuji Temple

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Minakami-machi, Japan

Minakami-machi ©
Perched beneath the foothills of several soaring mountains, the town of Minakami-machi provides a picturesque stepping stone from which to explore the dramatic surrounding scenery.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Takaragawa Onsen. On the 7th (Tue), fly down the slopes at Naeba Ski Resort, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Takaragawa Onsen, and then make a trip to Doai Station. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Ponshukan, then fly down the slopes at Kagura Ski Resort, and then make a trip to Okukiyo Powerhouse.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Minakami-machi trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Uonuma to Minakami-machi in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Minakami-machi

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Yuzawa-machi
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Naeba Ski Resort ©
Naeba Ski Resort

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nights
Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joraku-ji Temple, then explore the world behind art at Hokusai-kan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganshoin Temple. On the next day, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Uonuma to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yamanouchi-machi when traveling from Uonuma in January, with lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Obuse-machi, Joraku-ji Temple
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shiga Kogen ©
Shiga Kogen
Hokusai-kan ©
Hokusai-kan

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nights
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Get some cultural insight at Matsumoto Castle and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get in touch with nature at Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha and Rail - MTB Gattan Go!!. Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Norikura Kogen (in Matsumoto). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya and see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Takayama travel planning app .

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Takayama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January since evenings lows in Takayama dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Hida, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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 outdoors at Nara Park and Fuuka-Kimono. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Todai-ji Temple). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Gion, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in January, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sensō-ji and Odaiba. Step out of the city life by going to Ueno Zoo and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary. Change things up with a short trip to Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi in Hayama-machi (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to El Nido.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
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Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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El Nido, Philippines

El Nido ©
The coastal region of El Nido includes a mainland area of jungle, beaches, and cliffs, as well as 45 limestone islands and islets.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nacpan Beach and Las Cabanas Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Small Lagoon. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Seven Commando Beach, explore the activities along Big Lagoon, and stroll through Secret Lagoon Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our El Nido journey maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to El Nido takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to El Nido. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Coron.

Things to do in El Nido

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Nacpan Beach ©
Nacpan Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Small Lagoon ©
Small Lagoon

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Coron, Philippines

Coron ©
Coron tourism has developed around its dive spots, with coral reefs and 10 preserved Japanese underwater shipwrecks to explore.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kalitang Beach and Banol Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Sunken Japanese Wrecks. There's much more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Coral Garden, witness a stunning natural landmark at Maquinit Hot Spring, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Tapyas, and explore the activities along Kayangan Lake.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Coron travel route builder tool .

You can ride a ferry from El Nido to Coron in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Siargao Island.

Things to do in Coron

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Banol Beach ©
Banol Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Coral Garden ©
Coral Garden

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Siargao Island, Philippines

Siargao Island ©
A lush oasis of tropical vegetation surrounded by warm waters east of the Philippines, Siargao Island offers a mix of mangrove forests, squeaky-clean sand beaches, and vibrant coral reefs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sohoton Cove as well as Sugba Lagoon. Take a break from the city and head to Magpupungko Beach and Hagukan Cave. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Alegria Beach, Head underground at Magkukuob Cave, step off the mainland to explore Guyam Island, and explore the striking landscape at Magpaponko Swimming Hole.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Siargao Island attractions planner.

You can fly from Coron to Siargao Island in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Moalboal.

Things to do in Siargao Island

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sohoton Cove
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Magpupungko Beach ©
Magpupungko Beach
Sugba Lagoon ©
Sugba Lagoon
Dako Island ©
Dako Island

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Moalboal, Philippines

The collection of beaches and the treasures located just off shore encourage many people visit Moalboal.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll through Lambug Public Beach and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Basdaku Beach, enjoy some diversion at White Beach, Basdaku, Moalboal, Cebu, and then see the interesting displays at Naomi's Bottle Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Moalboal trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Siargao Island to Moalboal in 6 hours. February in Moalboal sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Oslob.

Things to do in Moalboal

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Lambug Public Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Naomi's Bottle Museum ©
Naomi's Bottle Museum
White Beach, Basdaku, Moalboal, Cebu ©

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Oslob, Philippines

A vacation in Oslob offers a picture-perfect island paradise for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Oslob Cemetery, then take in the dramatic scenery at Tumalog Falls, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Oslob trip site .

Traveling by car from Moalboal to Oslob takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Oslob are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oslob

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tumalog Falls ©
Tumalog Falls

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