28 days in East Asia Itinerary

28 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Nagoya
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 58°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 15:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stroll through Hakone Stone‐paved Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

Plan trip to Hakone-machi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas · Theme Parks · Baths · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Take a break from Nagoya with a short trip to Nabana no Sato in Kuwana, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in March: highs in Nagoya hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto travel planning website.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Wed) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 24:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 24th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

Fukuoka

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, and then browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, then go for a walk through Ohori Park, then contemplate the long history of Fukuoka Castle Ruins, and finally stroll around Maizuru Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka attractions planning site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Fukuoka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. March in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:

Nagasaki

— 3 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.
Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Nagasaki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:

Kagoshima

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA, then examine the collection at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shiroyama, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Shoko Shuseikan Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kagoshima City Aquarium, then don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, and finally pause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue.

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

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in) and Tokyo Disneyland (in Maihama). Explore Tokyo further: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, stroll around Ueno Park, wander the streets of Asakusa, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kagoshima to Tokyo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6: