43 days in East Asia Itinerary

43 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Osaka
— 7 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Sendai
— 5 nights
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Akita
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
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Osaka

— 7 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.
Popular historic sites such as Kasuga Grand Shrine and Ise Shrine Geku are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Koyasan Okunoin and Sarutahiko Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Koyasan Daimon, &more), Nara (Isuien Garden, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more) and Mt. Maya (in Kobe). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omiwa Shrine, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip website.

New York City, USA to Osaka is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Osaka is 14 hours. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tenryuji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Nanzen-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and indulge your taste buds at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience.

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Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Engaku-ji Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Asakusa Shrine and Jindai-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kamakura (Tomb of Oe Hiromoto, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sengaku-ji Temple.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. November in Tokyo sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Sendai

— 5 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Risshaku-ji Temple and Chuson-ji Konjiki-do are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Okama Crater and Fukuurajima. Get out of town with these interesting Sendai side-trips: Yudonosan Shrine (in Tsuruoka), Naruko Valley (in Osaki) and Hiraizumi-cho (Chuson-ji Temple & Takkoku no Iwaya). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple and make a trip to Sendaijo Ato.

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Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for slightly colder days in Sendai, with highs around 53°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Akita.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Akita

— 5 nights
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Get some cultural insight at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum and Water Drawing Place of Nawa Family. Ishiguro Samurai House and Dairyuji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Semboku (Dakigaeri Valley & Samurai District). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kubota Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yojiro Inari Shrine, contemplate the long history of Takashimizu Reisen, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tsuchizaki Catholic Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Akita travel planner.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Akita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sendai in November, Akita is slightly colder at night with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Akita

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 6 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.
Sapporo Art Museum and Sapporo Beer Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Hokkaido Jingu and Fushimi Inari Shrine for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Shinsennuma (in Kyowa-cho), Noboribetsu (Oyunuma & Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath) and Otaru (Otaru-shi General Museum & The Site of Temiya Line). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yotei, walk around Nakajima Park, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and examine the collection at Royce' Chocolate World.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip maker app.

Getting from Akita to Sapporo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. While traveling from Akita, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 42°F to lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wakkanai

— 4 nights

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
Get in touch with nature at Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms and Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu no Mon Course. Explore hidden gems such as Soyamisaki Shrine and Hokumon Shrine. There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Soyamisaki Lighthouse, contemplate the long history of Former Seto House, hike along Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park 100th Year Memorial Tower Course, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakanoshita Shrine.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Wakkanai road trip planning app.

Fly from Sapporo to Wakkanai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Wakkanai can reach 30°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks