43 days in East Asia Itinerary

43 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Niigata
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Sado
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Nagano
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Kurobe
— 2 nights
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Toyama
— 4 nights
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Nanao
— 1 night
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Wajima
— 1 night
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Suzu
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Fukui
— 3 nights
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
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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: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 19th (Mon), you'll travel to Niigata.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Niigata

— 4 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yahiko-mura (Yahiko Park, Yahiko Shrine, &more), Muramatsu Park (in Gosen) and Shibata (Ichishimatei, Ijimino Park, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Fukushima-gata, stroll around Toyanogata Park, take in panoramic vistas at Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, and contemplate the long history of Kyu Tsukigata Station.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Niigata trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Niigata by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in April; daily highs in Niigata reach 59°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Sado.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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: contemplate the long history of Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine, stop by Shukunegi, stroll around Toki no Mori Park, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Kitazawa Fuyusenkojo Remains.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sado road trip planner.

You can drive from Niigata to Sado in 3.5 hours. In April in Sado, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Nagano.

Things to do in Sado

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Nagano

— 4 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagano: Matsumoto (Nawate Shopping District, Matsumoto Castle, &more) and Daio Wasabi Farm (in Azumino). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, see the interesting displays at Sanada Treasure Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Matsushiro Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nagano sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Sado to Nagano in 6.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kurobe.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kurobe

— 2 nights
On the 30th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Tenshinji Temple Shookaku and then don't miss a visit to Fish Station Ikuji.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kurobe planner.

You can drive from Nagano to Kurobe in 2.5 hours. April in Kurobe sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 47°F at night. On the 2nd (Sun), you're off to Toyama.

Things to do in Kurobe

Museums · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

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.
Explore Toyama's surroundings by going to Tateyama-machi (Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall) & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route), Matsumoto (Sawando National Park Gate, Taisho Pond, &more) and Takaoka (Zuiryuji Temple, Takaoka Daibutsu Buddha, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Fugan Unga Kansui Park, stop by Ikedaya Yasubei Shoten, don't miss a visit to Toyama City Office View Tower, and explore the world behind art at Toyama Glass Art Museum.

Start your trip to Toyama by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Kurobe to Toyama takes an hour. May in Toyama sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 59°F at night. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nanao.

Things to do in Toyama

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Nanao

— 1 night
Located in the heart of Noto Peninsula, Nanao offers tourists a laid-back getaway and scenic nature spots.
On the 6th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Notojima Glass Art Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Notojima Aquarium, then take in the views from Notojima Ohashi, and finally visit Michi-no-Eki Noto Shokusai Market.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nanao trip planning app.

Drive from Toyama to Nanao in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Toyama in May, you will find days in Nanao are a bit cooler (69°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Wajima.

Things to do in Nanao

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Wajima

— 1 night
Situated in the isolated north of the hilly Noto Peninsula, Wajima attracts visitors with its many museums, festivals, and shops that showcase its rich cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at Wajima Kiriko Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Noto Peninsula, make a trip to Shiroyone Semmaida, then take in the exciting artwork at Wajima Lacquerware Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Soujiji Soin.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Wajima trip planner.

You can drive from Nanao to Wajima in an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Suzu.

Things to do in Wajima

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Suzu

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): head off the coast to Mitsukejima Island, look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Suzu Endenmura, contemplate the long history of Okunoto Salt Farm Village, then don't miss a visit to Godzilla Rock, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Rokkosaki.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Suzu online travel planner.

Getting from Wajima to Suzu by car takes about an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Suzu can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Suzu

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read Kanazawa road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Suzu to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. In May in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 55°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Fukui.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Fukui

— 3 nights
Fukui is the capital city of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Venture out of the city with trips to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Sakai (Echizen Matsushima Aquarium & Tojimbo Cliff) and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle, walk around Nishiyama Park, pause for some photo ops at Okakura Tenshin Statue, and steep yourself in history at Fukui Castle Ruins.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Fukui travel planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Fukui in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Fukui are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fukui

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · 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 Nagoya's surroundings by going to Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Meotoiwa Rocks, &more) and Toba Aquarium (in Toba). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and take a stroll through Sakae.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya day trip tool.

You can drive from Fukui to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nagoya when traveling from Fukui in May, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 6 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Lake Ashinoko, &more), Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea) and Kamakura (KĊtoku-in, Hase-dera Temple, &more). See some other sides of Tokyo: stop by Odaiba District, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, make a trip to Takeshita Street, and steep yourself in history at Tokyo Central Railway Station.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online holiday maker.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Nagoya in May, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips