28 days in East Asia Itinerary

28 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

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Narita
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Nikko
— 3 nights
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 2 nights
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Yamagata
— 2 nights
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Obanazawa
— 2 nights
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Semboku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
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Fujisawa
— 2 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Narita

— 1 night
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
On the 1st (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Narita International Airport Terminal 1, then contemplate the long history of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Narita trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Narita is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Narita, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Narita are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Narita to Tokyo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites

Nikko

— 3 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.
Nikko is known for historic sites, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan jinja, and take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Nikko trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Aizuwakamatsu

— 2 nights
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
On the 7th (Wed), admire the striking features of Aizu Old Samurai Residences, step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga jo Castle, and then explore the striking landscape at Tonohetsuri. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then take in the awesome beauty at Iimoriyama, then steep yourself in history at Sazaedo, and finally make a trip to Byakkotai's Tomb.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Aizuwakamatsu journey planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Aizuwakamatsu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nikko in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Aizuwakamatsu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Yamagata

— 2 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
On the 9th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Osaki Hachiman Shrine, then head outdoors with Zao Echo Line, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally browse the different shops at Yamagataken Kanko Bussan Kaikan. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Bunshokan, take in the exciting artwork at Yamagata Retro Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, and finally pause for some photo ops at Basho Monument.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yamagata trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Yamagata in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Obanazawa.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

Obanazawa

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): soak in some Japanese tradition at Ginzan Onsen Waraku Ashinoyu and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ginzan Yuhodo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Mogami River, get all the information you need at Michi-no-Eki Tozawa, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Obanazawa trip planning tool.

Drive from Yamagata to Obanazawa in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Obanazawa, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Semboku.

Things to do in Obanazawa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Semboku

— 2 nights
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.
On the 13th (Tue), admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, and then admire the verdant scenery at Dakigaeri Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Samurai District, then explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Semboku road trip planning website.

Drive from Obanazawa to Semboku in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Hiraizumi-cho

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motsu-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Sankozo. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyu Oi-do.

You can plan Hiraizumi-cho trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fujisawa.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums

Fujisawa

— 2 nights
Situated on Kanagawa's Sagami Bay, the city of Fujisawa serves as the gateway to beaches on the small island of Enoshima, as well as the sandy coast and temples of nearby Kamakura.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Enoshima Shrine and then steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fujisawa trip maker.

You can drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Fujisawa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Hiraizumi-cho in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fujisawa, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujisawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 (Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., Lake Kawaguchi, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take a pleasant ride with Okamoto Riding Club, head outdoors with Hakone Skyline, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi day trip planner.

Drive from Fujisawa to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Hakone-machi are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). Explore Tokyo further: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take a stroll through Akihabara, get interesting insight from Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip