44 days in East Asia Itinerary

44 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Osaka
— 7 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Tokyo
— 9 nights
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Sendai
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
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Otaru
— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Koyasan Danjo Garan and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Omiwa Shrine and Nigatsu-do Temple. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura), Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda) and Koyasan Reihokan Museum (in Koya-cho). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, admire the striking features of Umeda Sky Building, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Plattsburgh, USA to Osaka is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Plattsburgh to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Plattsburgh in October: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 73°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Daikaku-ji, awaken your taste buds at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasaka Shrine, and look for gifts at Ninja Dojo and Store.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Wineries

Tokyo

— 9 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.
Visiting Mt. Takao and Karakida Trail will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Asakusa Shrine and Jindai-ji Temple. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Engaku-ji Temple). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. November in Tokyo sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sendaijo Ato and Rairaikyo Gorge. Get a sense of the local culture at Funaoka Castle Ruins and Zuihoden. Step out of Sendai to go to Iwanuma and see Takekoma Shrine, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinnoji Temple, don't miss a visit to Mitakisan Fudoin, contemplate the long history of Sendai Toshogu Shrine, and explore the world behind art at The Miyagi Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sendai itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Sendai hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · 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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sapporo Clock Tower. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sapporo Factory and Stellar Place Sapporo. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima (in Kitahiroshima) and Noboribetsu (Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath & Oyunuma). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Okurayama Lookout, buy something for everyone on your list at Aurora Town, get a dose of the wild on Giro21 MTB&Nature Tourguide - Daytours, and get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sapporo trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Sendai to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Sendai in November, expect Sapporo to be a bit cooler, temps between 42°F and 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Otaru

— 4 nights

Town of Hills

The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Site of Temiya Line and Otaru City Meeting Hall. Do your shopping at Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building and Sankaku Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Kagaminuma (in Kutchan-cho) and Hokkaido Backcountry Club (in Niseko-cho). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church, buy something for everyone on your list at Unga Plaza, browse for treasures at Otome no Kimono, and revel in the low prices at Wing Bay Otaru.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Otaru trip tool.

You can drive from Sapporo to Otaru in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Otaru

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wakkanai

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): hike along Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu no Mon Course, browse the different shops at Kitacolor, and then contemplate the long history of Former Seto House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Wakkanai Lighthouse, stroll through Onuma Bird House, and then steep yourself in history at Old Naval Watchtower.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Wakkanai trip app.

You can fly from Otaru 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors