36 days in East Asia Itinerary

36 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Kobe
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Sapporo

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Hiyamizu Toge Karudera Viewing Platform (in Akaigawa-mura), Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru (Otaru Canal & Tomioka Catholic Church). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, take a stroll through Susukino, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip maker site.

Toronto, Canada to Sapporo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Toronto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 9th (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunuma, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Chikyu. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Showashinzan, then get impressive views of Mt. Usu, then stop by Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, and finally explore by horseback at Lake Toya Ranch.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Noboribetsu visit planner.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Noboribetsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

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.
On the 11th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower, then wander the streets of Motomachi, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally make a trip to Hachimanzaka. Here are some ideas for day two: ride a horse along Dosanko Farm Hakodate, let the kids burn off some steam at Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path, and finally walk around Onuma Quasi-National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate vacation site.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Osaka

— 4 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, visit Dotombori District, and wander the streets of Tobita Shinchi.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel route planner.

You can fly from Hakodate to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, Osaka is a bit warmer than Hakodate - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 5 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki), Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Kobe

— 5 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Kobe side-trips: Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi), Himeji (Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, Koko-en, &more) and The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism (in Kato). Next up on the itinerary: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akamon Oneribei, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and examine the collection at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kobe by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In October, daytime highs in Kobe are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, visit Arashiyama, and go for a walk through Gion.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation planner.

You can take a train from Kobe to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Lake Ashinoko, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and visit Odaiba District.

To plan Tokyo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

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.