32 days in East Asia Itinerary

32 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Shimoda
— 2 nights
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Izu
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Towada
— 2 nights
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Madame Tussauds Tokyo. Get in touch with nature at Enoshima Island and Mt. Takao. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura Hiking Trails (in Kamakura), Nagaike Park (in Hachioji) and Kamiyatsuno Okusuu (in Ogose-machi). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Kiyosumi Teien, and take a stroll through Ueno District.

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Vienna, Austria to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Vienna to Tokyo. Traveling from Vienna in September, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Neighborhoods

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 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Futo Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Otago Beach, and then test the waters at Osawaso Yamanoie. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Nabetahama Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tsumekizaki Tawara Iso Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kujupama Beach.

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Drive from Tokyo to Shimoda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Shimoda are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Izu.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Izu

— 2 nights
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
On the 11th (Sun), kick back and relax at Mihamasaki Cape, then stroll through Toi Beach, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Daruma, take a memorable drive along Nishiizu Skyline, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Baird Brewery Gardens Shuzenji.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Izu trip maker site.

Getting from Shimoda to Izu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Izu

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

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 13th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nagamine, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yarigatake, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Chogatake. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, relax and rejuvenate at Zuisho Matsumotokan, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ogato.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto itinerary planner.

You can drive from Izu to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Izu in September, Matsumoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Spas · Historic Sites

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kamogawa River and Mt. Wakakusa. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sannenzaka Ninenzaka and Spas. Venture out of the city with trips to Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan (in Uji) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, and take a tour by water with Hero Tour Japan.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto online itinerary maker.

Fly from Matsumoto to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Matsumoto in September: highs in Kyoto hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Towada.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Towada

— 2 nights
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 19th (Mon): get outside with Tsuta Numa, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tashirotai Heights, and then test the waters at Higashi Hakkoda Onsen. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Ashura no Nagare and then take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Towada planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Towada in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in September, expect nights in Towada to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Towada

Nature · Parks · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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.
Get in touch with nature at Shiretoko Goko Lake and Mt. Shari. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Mt. Mashu. Venture out of the city with trips to Kitanemuro Ranch Way (in Nakashibetsu-cho), Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail (in Teshikaga-cho) and Shiretoko Tourist (in Kiyosato-cho). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, and explore the activities along Onnebetsu River.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shari-cho trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Towada to Shari-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect slightly colder evenings in Shari-cho when traveling from Towada in September, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 6 nights

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Shinsennuma and Otamoi Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hokkaido Backcountry Club and Sapporo Racecourse. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru (Zenibako Beach, Otaru Dream Beach, &more) and Tomakomai (Furusato Beach & Mount Tarumae). And it doesn't end there: test the waters at a local thermal spa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiroishi Shrine, stroll around Odori Park, and don't miss a visit to Sapporo Asaichi.

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Fly from Shari-cho to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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 1st (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sakotandake, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shimamu Beach, and then get great views at Cape Kamui Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Shakotan-cho trip planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Shakotan-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Shakotan-cho are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

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.

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.

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.