31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Nikko
— 5 nights
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Sendai
— 4 nights
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Morioka
— 5 nights
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Aomori
— 5 nights
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Sado
— 2 nights

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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San Luis Obispo, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Luis Obispo to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Luis Obispo in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Tours

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Must see
Tokyo Tower
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Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Nasu-machi (ITTAN Canyoning, Nasu Heisei no Mori, &more). Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, stroll around Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nikko online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Nikko hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Sendai.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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National Park
Nikko National Park
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Religious Site
Nikko Tosho-gu
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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Get out of town with these interesting Sendai side-trips: Fukushima (Fudosawa Bridge / Tsubakurodani, Bikki Numa, &more), Umanose (in Rifu-cho) and Matsushima-machi (Entsu-in Temple & Ogi Valley). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Okama Crater, walk around Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Katta, and explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Sendai online vacation maker.

You can take a train from Nikko to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Morioka.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Geologic Formation
Okama Crater
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Religious Site
Entsu-in Temple
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Castle
Sendaijo Ato
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Morioka

Morioka ©
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Morioka: Kamioka Gakuyukan Museum (in Daisen), Hachimantai (Matsukawa Valley, Hachiman Swamp, &more) and Semboku (Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, Ishiguro Samurai House, &more). There's much more to do: take in the views from Yugaose Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, and buy something for everyone on your list at Aeon Mall Morioka Minami.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Morioka vacation builder tool.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Morioka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sendai in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Morioka, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Morioka

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Architectural Building
Ishiguro Samurai House
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Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Explore Aomori's surroundings by going to Neputa Display Hall (in Hirakawa), Towada (Guriland, Choshi Otaki Waterfall, &more) and Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station (in Kuroishi). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shirakami Sanchi, take in the views from Labridge, admire the verdant scenery at Tashirotai Heights, and contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase River.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Aomori attractions planning website.

Getting from Morioka to Aomori by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, Aomori is slightly colder than Morioka - with highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sado.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Off-Road Tour
Guriland
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Sado

Sado ©
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kimpoku, steep yourself in history at Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine, then steep yourself in history at Kitazawa Fuyusenkojo Remains, and finally admire the striking features of Kyu Aikawa Kochishisho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Yajima/Kyojima, get outside with Sado Ogi Coast, don't miss a visit to Rengebuji Temple, then stop by Hokusetsu Sake Brewery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chokokuji Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sado trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Aomori to Sado takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aomori in October; daily highs in Sado reach 67°F and lows reach 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sado

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Highlights from your trip
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Hokusetsu Sake Brewery
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Landmark
Rengebuji Temple
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