35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Narita
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
2
Sendai
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Morioka
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Abashiri
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
8
Aomori
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
9
Tsuruoka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Yamagata
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
11
Aizuwakamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
12
Niigata
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
13
Yahiko-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
14
Joetsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
15
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Saint Louis

1
night
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Naritasan Omote Sando, contemplate the long history of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Three-storied Pagoda, and finally walk around Naritasan Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Narita itinerary planner.

Saint Louis, USA to Narita is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 15 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Narita when traveling from Saint Louis in October, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando
Naritasan Park ©
Naritasan Park

2
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sendai Uminomori Aquarium, Rinnoji Temple and Gokoku Shrine. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, take an in-depth tour of Aoba Castle Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gokoku Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinnoji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Osaki Hachiman Shrine.

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Traveling by flight from Narita to Sendai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Narita in October: highs in Sendai hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 61°F. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Morioka.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Osaki Hachiman Shrine ©
Osaki Hachiman Shrine
Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden
Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple

2
nights
Morioka

Morioka ©
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ryusendo Limestone Cave, Hōon-ji Temple, Asabiraki, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōon-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Rock-breaking Cherry Tree, stroll around Iwate Park (Koen), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Shrine, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Asabiraki.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Morioka trip planning tool.

Take a train from Sendai to Morioka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sendai in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 51°F in Morioka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ryusendo Limestone Cave
Highlights from your plan
Iwate Park (Koen) ©
Iwate Park (Koen)
Hōon-ji Temple ©
Hōon-ji Temple
Ryusendo Limestone Cave ©
Ryusendo Limestone Cave

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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.
On the 28th (Wed), look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, thentake a stroll through Motomachi, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower and then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hakodate online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Morioka to Hakodate in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Morioka in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 46°F in Hakodate. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
You've now added Moerenuma Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Tanukikoji Shopping Street, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and then browse the exhibits of Minapa. On the next day, walk around Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, thenmake a trip to Former Numata Family Warehouse, and finally explore the activities along Moerenuma Park.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Hakodate in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Sapporo, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. On the 1st (Sun), you're off to Abashiri.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

2
nights
Abashiri

Abashiri ©
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
You've now added Tentozan Viewing Platform to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Abashiri. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Abashiri Prison Museum, thenponder the world of politics at Abashiri Prison, thensee the interesting displays at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tentozan Viewing Platform.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Abashiri day trip planning site.

You can drive from Sapporo to Abashiri in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 31°F in Abashiri. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Abashiri

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum ©
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum
Abashiri Prison Museum ©
Abashiri Prison Museum
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples ©
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples

1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip planner.

You can drive from Abashiri to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sapporo when traveling from Abashiri in November, with lows around 38°F. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel to Aomori.
Highlights from your plan
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus

3
nights
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.
You've now added A-FACTORY to your itinerary. Explore Aomori's surroundings by going to Towada (Kudan no Taki Waterfall, Oirase Mountain Stream, &more) and Hirosaki (Omoide Shop Sakura House, Hirosaki Food Market, Niji no Mart, &more).

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Aomori journey maker site.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Aomori takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. November in Aomori sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 36°F at night. You'll set off for Tsuruoka on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Aomori

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hirosaki, Towada
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle

3
nights
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
You've now added Gyokusenji Temple to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): walk around Tsuruoka Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Churenji Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tsuruoka online road trip planner.

You can drive from Aomori to Tsuruoka in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Traveling from Aomori in November, things will get a bit warmer in Tsuruoka: highs are around 54°F and lows about 43°F. You'll set off for Yamagata on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda ©
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium ©
Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium

1
night
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
On the 10th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple and then make a trip to Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamagata day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Yamagata takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Yamagata sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 40°F at night. You'll set off for Aizuwakamatsu on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple

3
nights
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Suehiro Sake Brewery has been added to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Iimoriyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugajin-Do Hall, and stroll the grounds of Sadao Iinuma's Tomb.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Aizuwakamatsu trip tool.

Drive from Yamagata to Aizuwakamatsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Aizuwakamatsu are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. On the 14th (Sat), you're off to Niigata.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Sazaedo ©
Sazaedo
Iimoriyama ©
Iimoriyama

1
night
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Niigata Station Chuken Tama Ko Statue, stop by Ponshukan Niigata Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine, thenwalk around Hakusan Park, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, and finally stop by Pia Bandai.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Niigata driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Niigata takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yahiko-mura.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks Shopping Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Hakusan Park ©
Hakusan Park
Ponshukan Niigata Station ©
Ponshukan Niigata Station
Pia Bandai ©
Pia Bandai

1
night
Yahiko-mura

Yahiko-mura ©
On the 15th (Sun), stop by Stock Busters, Tsubame.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yahiko-mura trip website.

Traveling by car from Niigata to Yahiko-mura takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in November, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Joetsu.

Things to do in Yahiko-mura

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mt. Yahiko, Stock Busters, Tsubame
Highlights from your plan
Yahiko Park ©
Yahiko Park
Yahiko Shrine ©
Yahiko Shrine
Mt. Yahiko ©
Mt. Yahiko

2
nights
Joetsu

Joetsu ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Kobayashi Kokei Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Joetsu Takada Castle triple turret, stroll around Takada Park, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Rinsen-ji Temple, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kasugayama Castle Ruins, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasugayama Shrine.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Joetsu day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Yahiko-mura to Joetsu takes 1.5 hours. On the 18th (Wed), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Joetsu

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Joetsu Takada Castle triple turret ©
Joetsu Takada Castle triple turret
Kobayashi Kokei Memorial Museum ©
Kobayashi Kokei Memorial Museum
Kasugayama Shrine ©
Kasugayama Shrine

6
nights
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.
You've now added Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'' to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Samuraikibun Kamakura, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stop by Akihabara, shop like a local with Ginza, and explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip website.

You can drive from Joetsu to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. In November in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 49°F at night. On the 24th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia''
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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