58 days in East Asia Itinerary

58 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Aomori
— 3 nights
Drive
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Akita
— 3 nights
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Sendai
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yamagata
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Sapporo

— 4 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.
Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium (in Chitose), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru (Otaru Canal & Boat Tours & Water Sports). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, make a trip to Sapporo TV Tower, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sapporo online sightseeing planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for slightly colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe. On the next day, get to know the resident critters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, and then take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu day trip app.

You can drive from Sapporo to Noboribetsu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Noboribetsu, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Hakodate

— 3 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.
Hakodate is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, and take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Noboribetsu to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Hakodate are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Aomori

— 3 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aomori: Towada (Choshi Otaki Waterfall & Oirase Gorge). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Sannai-Maruyama Site, get answers to all your questions at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, and don't miss a visit to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aomori trip app.

Traveling by train from Hakodate to Aomori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Aomori are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Akita.

Things to do in Aomori

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:

Akita

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Akita: Semboku (Ishiguro Samurai House, Lake Tazawa, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Senshu Park, explore the historical opulence of Kubota Castle, admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art, and take some stellar pictures from Michi-no-Eki Akita Port.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Akita road trip planning tool.

Getting from Aomori to Akita by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Akita can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Akita

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

Sendai

— 3 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sendai: Matsushima-machi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, pause for some photo ops at Zuihoden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Osaki Hachiman Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sendai visit planner.

Take a train from Akita to Sendai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Akita in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sendai, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yamagata.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Yamagata

— 3 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yamagata: Zao-machi (Okama Crater & Zao Echo Line) and Tsuruoka (Mt. Haguro & Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, walk around Kajo Park, admire the landmark architecture of Bunshokan, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yamagata trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Sendai to Yamagata in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yamagata when traveling from Sendai in October, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

Nikko

— 2 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 14th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and then snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip site.

Traveling by car from Yamagata to Nikko takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamagata in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 62°F in Nikko. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:

Tokyo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hachiko. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo online day trip planner.

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 28:

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more), Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle) and Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip planning website.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 2:

Nagasaki

— 4 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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Dejima, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 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.
Explore Kagoshima's surroundings by going to Minamikyushu (Chiran Samurai Residence Garden & Chiran Peace Museum) and Kirishima (Kirishima Shrine & Thermal Spas). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sengan-en, get impressive views of Sakurajima, admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Meiji Restoration.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima day 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. Traveling from Nagasaki in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Kagoshima, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Kagoshima to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kagoshima in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, Lake Kawaguchi, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi road trip app.

Fly from Nagoya to Hakone-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Nagoya in November, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 16th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. See even more of Tokyo: take a stroll through Odaiba District, visit Akihabara, walk around Ueno Park, and admire the natural beauty at Rikugien Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18: