31 days in East Asia Itinerary

31 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Wakkanai
— 2 nights
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Asahikawa
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Akita
— 2 nights
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Yamagata
— 2 nights
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Niigata
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Kobe
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Tokyo
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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.
To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sapporo. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect nights in Sapporo to be a bit cooler, around 43°F, while days are cooler, around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:

Wakkanai

— 2 nights

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Hamayuchi Rest House (Kohone House), then stroll around Esandomarigyoko Park, then make a trip to Cape Noshappu, and finally make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Peace Monument, contemplate the long history of Old Naval Watchtower, appreciate the history behind Statue of Mamiya Rinzo, make a trip to Soya Misaki, then appreciate the history behind Nihon Saihokutan no Chi Monument, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Soya Wind Farm.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Wakkanai road trip website.

Drive from Sapporo to Wakkanai in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in April, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:

Asahikawa

— 2 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Asahikawashi Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikawa Shrine, stroll around Hoppo Yasoen, then take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Asahiyama Miura Garden, meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, examine the collection at Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum, then find something for the whole family at Asahikawa Ramen Village, then don't miss a visit to Kibana no Mori, and finally don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa online tour builder.

Drive from Wakkanai to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): appreciate the history behind Monument of Takeda Ayasaburo Sensei, admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, then take an in-depth tour of Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Goryokaku Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere 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 admire the striking features of Kyu Soma-tei, and finally look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate travel route planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Asahikawa to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Asahikawa in May since evenings lows in Hakodate dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Akita.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Michi-no-Eki Akita Port, get to know the fascinating history of Nanohana Road, then get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape at Oni no Kakurezato. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial, examine the collection at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, explore the historical opulence of Kubota Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Senshu Park, then pause for some photo ops at Satake Yoshitaka Statue, and finally see the interesting displays at Mining Museum of Akita University.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Akita trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Akita takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in May, expect nights in Akita to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yamagata.

Things to do in Akita

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Yamagata

— 2 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, get outside with Shiginoya Chinuma, then make a trip to O-torii, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Katta, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Goshikidake. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Bunshokan, walk around Kajo Park, step into the grandiose world of Yamagatajoato Ninomaruhigashi Otemon, then explore the world behind art at Yamagata Museum of Art, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Safflower Field of Takase.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yamagata trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Akita to Yamagata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Yamagata can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Niigata.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

Niigata

— 2 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
On the 7th (Fri), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marinepia Nihonkai, then snap pictures at Bandai Bridge, then take in panoramic vistas at Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, and finally stop by Pia Bandai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Northern Culture Museum, steep yourself in history at Ichishimatei, stroll around Ijimino Park, get to know the fascinating history of Akatani Cycling Road, then explore the activities along Fukushima-gata, and finally walk around Toyanogata Park.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Niigata trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Yamagata to Niigata in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 9th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Gyokusen-immaru Garden, surround yourself with nature on IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, then take in nature's colorful creations at Gyokusen-Immaru Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, wander the streets of Gokayama, then stop by Sakuda Honten, then examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, and finally stroll around Kanazawa Castle Park.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Niigata to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) and Chishaku-in. There's much more to do: make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shisendo Temple, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

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 14th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods, and then pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): savor the flavors at Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashii-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, and finally walk around Maizuru Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamado Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenkai Inari Shrine, see the interesting displays at Ishibashi Bunka Center, then walk around Ohori Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ohorikoen Japanese Garden.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka itinerary planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

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 18th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park, then don't miss a visit to Sengan-en, then see the interesting displays at Sora Stage, and finally stroll around Saigo Park. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Lobby, don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Tokusanhin Ichiba, make a trip to Tenmonkan, make a trip to Temmonkan Mujyaki, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima travel route builder tool.

Getting from Fukuoka to Kagoshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In May in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

Kobe

— 1 day
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 20th (Thu), examine the collection at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kobe Muslim Mosque, then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kobe holiday maker site.

Traveling by flight from Kagoshima to Kobe takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:

Tokyo

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ashikaga Flower Park and Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Banna-ji Temple (in Ashikaga) and Tobu Treasure Garden (in Tatebayashi). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Arigato Japan Food Tours, relax and rejuvenate at ARONA SPA, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Kobe to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 24: