31 days in East Asia Itinerary

31 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Shakotan-cho
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Fly
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Towada
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Izu
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shimoda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
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Shakotan-cho

— 2 nights
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sakotandake, then explore the activities along Shimamu Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Cape Kamui, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Shakotan.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Shakotan-cho trip maker website.

Vienna, Austria to Shakotan-cho is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Vienna in September, Shakotan-cho is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Biei-cho

— 3 nights
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Get in touch with nature at Asahi-dake and Ken & Mary Tree. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shirogane Blue Pond and Shirahige Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Biei-cho: Kamikawa-cho (Daisetsu Kogen Swamp, Mt. Midori, &more) and Higashikawa-cho (Asahidake Ropeway & Susoaidaira). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Taisetsu Asahidake Gensui and see human ingenuity at work at Chubetsu Dam.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Biei-cho journey builder app.

Drive from Shakotan-cho to Biei-cho in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Shakotan-cho in September, Biei-cho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Shari-cho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiretoko Goko Lake and Oshin Koshin Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Shiretoko Peninsula. Change things up with these side-trips from Shari-cho: Shiretoko Tourist (in Kiyosato-cho), Kitanemuro Ranch Way (in Nakashibetsu-cho) and Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu, Mt. Mashu, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shari, contemplate the waterfront views at Onnebetsu River, and explore the striking landscape at Godzilla Rock.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho itinerary planner.

You can drive from Biei-cho to Shari-cho in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Shari-cho can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Towada.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Towada

— 3 nights
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
On the 12th (Mon), admire the verdant scenery at Tashirotai Heights, then head outdoors with Tsuta Numa, then explore the activities along Tsutanonana Swamp, and finally boost your wellbeing at Higashi Hakkoda Onsen. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Hakufu no Taki, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ashura no Nagare, and finally explore the activities along Oirase Gorge.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Towada trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Towada takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Shari-cho in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Towada, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Enoshima Island. Get outdoors at Tokyo Japan Fishing Guide and Mt. Takao. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Yokohama), Kinchakuda Manjushage Park (in Hidaka) and Kamakura Hiking Trails (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: have fun at teamLab☆Planets, walk around Jonanjima SeasidePark, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and wander the streets of Ginza.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Towada to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Towada in September, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can take a train to Izu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Izu

— 4 nights
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jogasaki Coast and Odoi Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Toi Beach and Momiji Tunnel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Izu: Numazu (Mihamasaki Cape & Osezaki), Ito (Omuro Highlands & Jogasaki Beach Picnical Course) and Fujinomiya Route (in Fujinomiya). There's still lots to do: cruise along Nishiizu Skyline, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Daruma, admire the sheer force of Banjo Falls, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ide Sake Brewery.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Izu trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Izu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. September in Izu sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Izu

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Shimoda

— 2 nights
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Hino Broccolini Garden, stroll through Shirahama Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Tsumekizaki Tawara Iso Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Kujupama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Nabetahama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Otago Beach, and then kick back and relax at Futo Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Shimoda day trip planner.

Drive from Izu to Shimoda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Shimoda can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ogato, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yashimagahara Marsh, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Zuisho Matsumotokan. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nagamine, then take in the awesome beauty at Yarigatake, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Chogatake.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Shimoda to Matsumoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Shimoda in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Matsumoto, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Kurama and Mt. Takao. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sannenzaka Ninenzaka and Tenryuji Temple. The adventure continues: indulge your senses at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, see Hero Tour Japan, contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, and take in nature's colorful creations at Okochi Sanso Garden.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Matsumoto to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Matsumoto in September, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Nachikatsura-cho

— 1 night
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Kinomatsushima Island and then stroll through Kujirahama Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in September since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 27°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.

Tohoku travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Bodies of Water
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.

Kanto travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Nearly synonymous with Tokyo and its suburban sprawl, the region of Kanto encompasses many historical sites, hot springs, semitropical islands, and picturesque mountains. Predictably, most tours of Kanto begin and end in Tokyo, which serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby national parks, ancient temples, and grand monuments reminding visitors of Japan's shogun era. During feudal times, Kanto reigned as the center of political and military power; today, the area represents one of the country's tourism hubs. As you plan your Kanto itinerary, be sure to include a stop in Kamakura, a small temple town filled with notable cultural treasures.

Chubu travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
In the middle of Japan's largest island, the region of Chubu remains best known for its picturesque natural scenery and numerous hot springs. The region contains the rugged Japanese Alps, which separate the country's sunny Pacific from the snowy Sea of Japan side. Thanks to this high mountain range, most vacations in Chubu include skiing in the cold months and hiking in the warmer part of the year. Don't miss a tour of Mount Fuji, Japan's enduring symbol and a hugely popular attraction, both for climbing and viewing. When you need to add some urban flair to your Chubu itinerary, the large city of Nagoya holds plenty of appeal with museums, shrines, and parks.

Kansai travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.