46 days in East Asia Itinerary

46 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Niigata
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Miyazu
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Takamatsu
— 3 nights
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Matsuyama
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Matsue
— 2 nights
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Yamaguchi
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba District, make a trip to Hachiko, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko).

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport, Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base and Yokota Air Base. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can take a train to Niigata.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:

Niigata

— 3 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Explore Niigata's surroundings by going to Yahiko-mura (Yahiko Park, Yahiko Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Old Saito Residence, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marinepia Nihonkai, visit Pia Bandai, and stroll around Toyanogata Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Niigata online travel route planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Niigata in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Niigata, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Niigata to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

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You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Miyazu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:

Miyazu

— 2 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get great views at Amanohashidate View Land, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Motoise Konojinja Shrine, then make a trip to Amanohashidate, and finally take in the views from Kaisenkyo Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): stroll around Kasamatsu Park, then contemplate the long history of Ine no Funaya, then take in the waterfront at Aso No Funaya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-ji Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Miyazu itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Miyazu in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Miyazu can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

Osaka

— 4 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, &more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and make a trip to Ukiyokoji Street.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Miyazu to Osaka takes 2 hours. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 18:

Takamatsu

— 3 nights

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Venture out of the city with trips to Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Orient Museum) and Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Ritsurin Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yashima-ji Temple, make a trip to Kikugetsutei, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Takamatsu day trip planner.

Drive from Osaka to Takamatsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Takamatsu can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:

Matsuyama

— 3 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsuyama: Imabari (Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum, don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isaniwa Shrine.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama trip planner.

Drive from Takamatsu to Matsuyama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 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. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

Matsue

— 2 nights
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mirror Pond, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally steep yourself in history at Matsue Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): get your bearings at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, then kick back and relax at Inasa Beach, then steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Matsue trip maker.

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Matsue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yamaguchi.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:

Yamaguchi

— 2 nights

Kyoto of the West

Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
On the 28th (Sun), make a trip to Kozan Park, make a trip to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rurikoji Temple. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church, admire the natural beauty at Jyoei Temple Sesshu Garden, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take an in-depth tour of Chuya Nakahara Memorial Museum, then stroll around Shinyamaguchi Station North And South Passage, and finally don't miss a visit to Sl Yamaguchi.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yamaguchi trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Yamaguchi takes 4 hours. In November in Yamaguchi, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yamaguchi

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:

Fukuoka

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more) and Onojo - Chikuzenkoku (in Onojo). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, don't miss a visit to Hakata Station, and admire the landmark architecture of Hakoshima Residence.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yamaguchi to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. November in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, examine the collection at Dejima, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Nagasaki online holiday maker.

Drive from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in December, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

Kagoshima

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ibusuki (JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, Cape Nagasakibana, &more) and Chiran Peace Museum (in Minamikyushu). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sengan-en, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, browse the different shops at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA, and pause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kagoshima road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Kagoshima when traveling from Nagasaki in December, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). See some other sides of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo journey planner.

Getting from Kagoshima to Tokyo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:

Chubu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
In the middle of Japan's largest island, the region of Chubu remains best known for its picturesque natural scenery and numerous hot springs. The region contains the rugged Japanese Alps, which separate the country's sunny Pacific from the snowy Sea of Japan side. Thanks to this high mountain range, most vacations in Chubu include skiing in the cold months and hiking in the warmer part of the year. Don't miss a tour of Mount Fuji, Japan's enduring symbol and a hugely popular attraction, both for climbing and viewing. When you need to add some urban flair to your Chubu itinerary, the large city of Nagoya holds plenty of appeal with museums, shrines, and parks.

Kansai travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.

Shikoku travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.

Chugoku travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
The western portion of the island of Honshu, Chugoku features two distinct seacoasts. The area along the Seto Inland Sea represents one of Japan's most industrialized and urbanized sections, while the coastline lapped by the Sea of Japan remains more rural--as well as less touristy. Both areas offer plenty of vacation ideas in Chugoku, with pilgrimages to see over 30 historic temples among the most popular things to do here. The region also contains Hiroshima, which is not only the site of the infamous atomic bombing, but also a modern urban center with a busy nightlife and a cosmopolitan atmosphere that appeals to foreign tourists.

Kyushu travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Enthusiastic shutterbugs and lovers of all things picturesque often choose to tour Kyushu-Okinawa on one of the island's epic train trips, leading through a landscape shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. With mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of developed beaches, the region offers a wealth of marine sports and recreation. Those with relaxation on their mind take a vacation in Kyushu-Okinawa for a chance to explore some of Japan's finest onsens, in which pristine nature meets modern amenities for an unforgettable tourist experience.