23 days in East Asia Itinerary

23 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fly
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train
2
Sendai
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
Drive
4
Towada
— 1 night
Train
5
Aomori
— 3 nights
Train
6
Semboku
— 1 night
Train to Sendai Airport, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 4 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Tokyo Tower, then stroll around Ueno Park, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou. On the next day, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 58°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Sendai

— 5 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sendai: Yamagata (Risshaku-ji Temple, Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, &more), Matsushima-machi (Zuiganji, Fukuurajima, &more) and Shiroishi City Yajiro Kokeshi Village (in Shiroishi). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiogama Shrine, take a stroll through Sunmall Ichibancho, buy something for everyone on your list at S-Pal Sendai, and pause for some photo ops at Zuihoden.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sendai trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for slightly colder days in Sendai, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Hiraizumi-cho

— 1 night
On the 29th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Motsu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, then take an in-depth tour of Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, and finally examine the collection at Sankozo.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiraizumi-cho trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Sendai to Hiraizumi-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hiraizumi-cho when traveling from Sendai in March, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums

Towada

— 1 night
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Gorge, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Sensuji no Taki.

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Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Towada takes 3.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums

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: Hirosaki (Omoide Shop Sakura House, Hirosaki Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the ancient world of Sannai-Maruyama Site, and buy something for everyone on your list at A-FACTORY.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aomori day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Towada to Aomori takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Towada in March since evenings lows in Aomori dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Semboku

— 1 night
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, take a stroll through Samurai District, and then visit Kakunodate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tazawa, then go for a walk through Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi, and then admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Semboku online trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Aomori to Semboku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Semboku

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Hiroshima

— 3 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 5th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then contemplate the long history of 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. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Semboku to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Semboku in April, expect Hiroshima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 67°F and 52°F. You'll set off for Osaka on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka

— 2 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kyoto (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine & Kiyomizu-dera Temple) and Jishu Shrine (in Otsu). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 4 nights
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Explore Tokyo further: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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.