30 days in East Asia Itinerary

30 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Wakkanai
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rebun-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
8
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
9
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train
10
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Makurazaki
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Kumamoto
— 2 nights
Fly
13
Tokyo
— 3 nights
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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.
Have a day of magic on the 2nd (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: let your taste buds guide you at Japan Wonder Travel, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, don't miss a visit to Hachiko, and admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Hakodate

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Dozo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path, and finally stroll around Onuma Quasi-National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate vacation site.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakodate by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect Hakodate to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Sapporo

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Asakusa Bridge, explore the activities along Otaru Canal, steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower, then take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, then stroll around Odori Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. While traveling from Hakodate, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Wakkanai

— 2 nights

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
On the 8th (Thu), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the galleries of 100th Year Memorial Tower, then walk around Wakkanai Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokumon Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms, make a trip to Soya Misaki, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Wakkanai City Noshappu Aquarium, then make a trip to Cape Noshappu, and finally make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wakkanai vacation planning app.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Wakkanai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Wakkanai, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rebun-cho.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Spas · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Rebun-cho

— 2 nights
On the 10th (Sat), get your bearings at Kafuka Port Ferry Terminal, don't miss a visit to Kita no Canaria Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Jizoiwa, then enjoy breathtaking views from Momoiwa Observation Deck, then enjoy breathtaking views from Momodai Nekodai Observatory, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Rebunto Onsen Usuyuki no Yu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Cape Gorota, don't miss a visit to Sky cape, get great views at Sukoton Cape, then look for gifts at Shima no Hito Rebun Island Honten, then head off the coast to Rebun Island, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Takayama Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rebun-cho trip maker site.

Getting from Wakkanai to Rebun-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In October in Rebun-cho, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Rebun-cho

Parks · Nature · Spas · Museums

Sapporo

— 1 night

CIty of Ramen

Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Otaru Canal and then take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, stroll around Odori Park, then get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and finally examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo online journey builder.

Drive from Rebun-cho to Sapporo in 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Explore Tokyo further: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and make a trip to Tokyo Skytree.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 72°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto visit planning site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Fukuoka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, don't miss a visit to Yatai, admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Hakata Station, get engrossed in the history at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohori Park, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Fukuoka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Kagoshima

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): make a trip to Sengan-en, get engrossed in the history at Shoko Shuseikan Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shiroyama, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue, make a trip to Tenmonkan, then don't miss a visit to Temmonkan Mujyaki, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kagoshima City Aquarium.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Makurazaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Makurazaki

— 2 nights
Makurazaki is a city located in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): boost your wellbeing at Makurazaki Nagisa Onsen, take in the dramatic natural features at Tategami Rock, walk around Hinokami Park, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Satsuma Shuzo Brewery Meijigura, then hunt for treasures at Makurazaki Fish Center, and finally don't miss a visit to JR Makurazaki Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Heiwa no Kane, brush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itatetsuwamono Shrine Kamafuta Shrine, then stroll around Bandokorobana Park, then stop by Seahorse House, and finally appreciate the history behind Sankakuheisha Monument.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Makurazaki trip planner.

Getting from Kagoshima to Makurazaki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Kagoshima in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Makurazaki. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Makurazaki

Parks · Spas · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kumamoto is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, see the top attractions with Explore Kumamoto, make a trip to JR Kumamoto Station, and stroll around Suizenji Ezuko Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kumamoto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Makurazaki to Kumamoto in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Makurazaki in October, Kumamoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 3 nights
On the 27th (Tue), make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): push the limits with Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart and then wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey planning tool.

Getting from Kumamoto to Tokyo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip