11 days in East Asia Itinerary

11 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Train
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Sendai
— 1 night
Train
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Matsushima-machi
— 1 day
Train
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Sendai
— 1 night
Train
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yokohama
— 1 day
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
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Washington DC, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Washington DC to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in January, with highs in Tokyo at 50°F and lows at 35°F. On the 7th (Fri), you're off to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Sendai

— 1 night
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 7th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osaki Hachiman Shrine, and then wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Sendai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Sendai to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Matsushima-machi.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Matsushima-machi

— 1 day
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
On the 8th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Godaido.

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You can drive from Sendai to Matsushima-machi in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sendai.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Historic Sites

Sendai

— 1 night
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Drive from Matsushima-machi to Sendai in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will leave for Nikko on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nikko Station. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Nikko Station, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate). Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Nikko Station, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, then admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen.

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You can take a train from Sendai to Nikko in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In January in Nikko, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take a stroll through Akihabara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Hachiko, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

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Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in January, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (50°F), and nights are about the same (35°F). You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums

Yokohama

— 1 day
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
On the 13th (Thu), walk around Yamashita Park, see the interesting displays at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, and then take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21.

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Drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Tokyo

— 2 nights
On the 14th (Fri), ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

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Getting from Yokohama to Tokyo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Tohoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.