37 days in Japan, Taipei & Hong Kong Itinerary

37 days in Japan, Taipei & Hong Kong Itinerary

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37 days in Japan, Taipei & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
Nagano, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Niseko-cho, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
+4
train + bus + foot + ferry + taxi:  5​h 45​min
Yakushima-cho, Japan
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h
Onna-son, Japan
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Kumejima-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
Iriomote-jima, Japan
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
Taipei, Taiwan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Toronto, Canada

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Chidorigafuchi. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip app .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Tokyo is 14 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

4
nights
Nagano, Japan

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Take a break from the city and head to Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort and Shiga Kogen Ski Area. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort and Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Explore Nagano's surroundings by going to Kaminari-daki (in Takayama-mura) and Kurobe Dam (in Tateyama-machi).

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nagano trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: high temperatures in Nagano hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Niseko-cho.

Things to do in Nagano

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kurobe Dam, Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, Kaminaridaki Falls, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Shiga Kogen
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Shiga Kogen ©
Shiga Kogen

4
nights
Niseko-cho, Japan

Niseko-cho ©
Ranking as the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido, mountaintop Niseko-cho boasts great slopes and surprisingly vibrant nightlife.
Escape the urban bustle at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Outdoor Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Jigokudani and Hokkaido Backcountry Club. Change things up with a short trip to Lake Toya Ranch in Toyako-cho (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Hanazono Niseko Resort and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Niseko-cho trip builder app .

Explore your travel options from Nagano to Niseko-cho with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nagano in March, with highs in Niseko-cho at 6°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Niseko-cho

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho, Jigokudani, Lake Toya, Lake Toya Ranch
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Lake Toya ©
Lake Toya

3
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Niseko-cho to Kyoto. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Niseko-cho in March, with highs in Kyoto at 16°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho.

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

4
nights
Yakushima-cho, Japan

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Step out of the city life by going to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oko no Taki Fall and Forest of Mononokehime. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Miyanouradake.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho trip maker website .

Getting from Kyoto to Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, ferry, and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kyoto in March: high temperatures in Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

4
nights
Onna-son, Japan

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Get outdoors at Kouri-jima Island and Daisekirinzan. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Cape Zanpa. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Cape Hedo (in Kunigami-son), Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki, Okinawa World Bunka Okoku Gyokusendo, & more) and Kouri Bridge (in Nakijin-son). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Onna-son day trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. While traveling from Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Onna-son, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Nanjo, Nakijin-son, Kunigami-son, Cape Zampa
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Kouri-jima Island ©
Kouri-jima Island
Scuba & Snorkeling
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

3
nights
Kumejima-cho, Japan

Kumejima-cho ©
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
Step out of the city life by going to Hatenohama and Hiyajo Banta Cliff. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ojima Coast and Torinokuchi Rock. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Kumejima Island, snap pictures at Shirugachi Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Eef Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Mifuga.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Kumejima-cho tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Onna-son to Kumejima-cho takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima.

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Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama
Kumejima Island ©
Kumejima Island
Eef Beach ©
Eef Beach

4
nights
Iriomote-jima, Japan

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Iriomote Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. Escape the urban bustle at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Funauki Village. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taketomicho Iriomote-jima: Ishigaki (Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, Tamatorizaki Observatory, & more). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Taketomicho Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Getting from Kumejima-cho to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima by combination of taxi, flight, and ferry takes about 5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Taketomicho Iriomote-jima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 9th (Mon), you're off toTaipei.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Ishigaki
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
On the 10th (Tue), browse the different shops at Taipei 101 and then take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Taipei online vacation planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Taketomicho Iriomote-jima to Taipei. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to China Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In April in Taipei, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

4
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 13th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 14th (Sat) in some colorful company at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Lantau Island, enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), appreciate the history behind Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), and get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hong Kong online route builder .

Fly from Taipei to Hong Kong in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. April in Hong Kong sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Lantau Island ©
Lantau Island
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland

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