43 days in East Asia Itinerary

43 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
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Niigata
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sado
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagano
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kurobe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Toyama
— 4 nights
Drive
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Noto-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fukui
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and stroll around Ueno Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online sightseeing planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo is 17 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly to Niigata.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Niigata

— 4 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Niigata: Shibata (Ichishimatei, Akatani Cycling Road, &more), Muramatsu Park (in Gosen) and Yahiko-mura (Yahiko Park, Yahiko Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Fukushima-gata, walk around Hakusan Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, and make a trip to Niigata Nippo Media Ship.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Niigata driving holiday site.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Niigata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, things will get slightly colder in Niigata: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sado.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Sado

— 3 nights
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
Sado is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine, stop by Sado Steamship, step off the mainland to explore Yajima/Kyojima, and stroll around Toki no Mori Park.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sado day trip website.

You can drive from Niigata to Sado in 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for Nagano.

Things to do in Sado

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Nagano

— 4 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matsumoto (Kaichi Gakko Primary School, Matsumoto Castle, &more), Yamanouchi-machi (Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park & Onsen Resorts) and Daio Wasabi Farm (in Azumino). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, delve into the lush surroundings at Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, contemplate the long history of Sanada House, and see the interesting displays at Sanada Treasure Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagano planner.

You can drive from Sado to Nagano in 6.5 hours. April in Nagano sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Kurobe.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Kurobe

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): make a trip to Fish Station Ikuji, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Uozu Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Firefly Squid Museum, then examine the collection at Uozu Buried Forest Museum, then get your bearings at Umi no Eki Shinkirou, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tenshinji Temple Shookaku.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Kurobe sightseeing app.

You can drive from Nagano to Kurobe in 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Kurobe can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Toyama.

Things to do in Kurobe

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Toyama

— 4 nights
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Get out of town with these interesting Toyama side-trips: Takaoka (Takaoka Kojo Park, Ikadai Residence, &more), Matsumoto (Sawando National Park Gate, Taisho Pond, &more) and Tateyama-machi (Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall) & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route). And it doesn't end there: walk around Fugan Unga Kansui Park, see the interesting displays at Rakusuitei Art Museum, do a tasting at Yamafuji Vineyard & Horizon Winery, and step into the grandiose world of Toyama Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Toyama trip builder tool.

Drive from Kurobe to Toyama in an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Toyama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Noto-cho.

Things to do in Toyama

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Noto-cho

— 4 nights
Explore Noto-cho's surroundings by going to Shika-machi (Yoshitsune no Funekakushi, Noto Kongo, &more), Suzu (Rokkosaki, Susu Shrine, &more) and Wajima (Wajima Kiriko Art Museum, Shiroyone Semmaida, &more).

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Noto-cho road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Toyama to Noto-cho takes 2.5 hours. In April in Noto-cho, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will leave for Kanazawa on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Noto-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Ainokura Observatory (in Nanto), Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nagamachi Neighborhood, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online journey planner.

You can drive from Noto-cho to Kanazawa in 2 hours. In May in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fukui.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fukui

— 3 nights
Fukui is the capital city of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): examine the collection at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin, then make a trip to Ichijodani Restored Townscape, and finally don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Station at Fukui Station. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle, get in on the family fun at Tsukiusagi no Sato, then see the vivid underwater world at Tojimbo Cliff, then take in nature's colorful creations at Yokokan Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Fukui Castle Ruins.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fukui day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Fukui takes 1.5 hours. May in Fukui sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fukui

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Toba Aquarium (in Toba) and Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Meotoiwa, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planner.

You can drive from Fukui to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Fukui in May since evenings lows in Nagoya dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea), Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), &more). Explore Tokyo further: wander the streets of Odaiba District, explore the world behind art at Suntory Museum of Art, walk around Yamashita Park, and appreciate the history behind Hachiko.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Nagoya in May, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips