47 days in East Asia Itinerary

47 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 32 nights
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Aomori, Japan
— 1 night
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Ajigasawa-machi, Japan
— 1 night
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Hachimantai, Japan
— 1 night
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Semboku, Japan
— 2 nights
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Tsuruoka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Yamagata, Japan
— 2 nights
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Koriyama, Japan
— 1 night
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Minamiaizu-machi, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive to Niigata Airport, Fly to Chennai International Airport

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Beijing, China

— 32 nights
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Get out of town with these interesting Beijing side-trips: Keyuan Garden (in Dongguang County), Ji County (Jizhou Baita Temple & Temple of Solitary Joy (Dule si)) and Yi County South Lake (in Yi County). The adventure continues: hike along Mutianyu Great Wall, fly down the slopes at Baijing Bayi Ski Field, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, and stroll through Jundushan Ski.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Beijing holiday builder website.

Chennai, India to Beijing is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Beijing. Traveling from Chennai in January, expect Beijing to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Aomori, Japan

— 1 night
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Sannai-Maruyama Site, explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Jomon Jiyukan, buy something for everyone on your list at A-FACTORY, then don't miss a visit to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and finally examine the collection at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aomori Asamushi Aquarium, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, snap pictures at Aomori Bay Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, and finally pick up some local products at Furukawa Market Aomori Gyosai Center Nokkedon.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Aomori route website.

You can fly from Beijing to Aomori in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beijing to Aomori due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Beijing in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Aomori: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Ajigasawa-machi.

Things to do in Aomori

Shopping · Museums · Spas · Baths

Ajigasawa-machi, Japan

— 1 night
On the 12th (Wed), trek along Shirakami no Mori Trail and then get outside with Aomori Spring Ski Resort.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read Ajigasawa-machi trip planning app.

Getting from Aomori to Ajigasawa-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February in Ajigasawa-machi, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Ajigasawa-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails
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Hachimantai, Japan

— 1 night
On the 13th (Thu), cruise along Hachimantai Asupite line, don't miss a visit to Hachimandaira Promenade Peak, then identify plant and animal life at Kuroyachi Wetland, then fly down the slopes at Appi Kogen Ski Resort, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

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Getting from Ajigasawa-machi to Hachimantai by car takes about 2.5 hours. February in Hachimantai sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas
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Semboku, Japan

— 2 nights
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Tazawako Ski Resort, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tazawa, then get to know the fascinating history of Samurai District, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kakunodate Samurai House Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake, go for a walk through Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi, and then admire the striking features of Koiwai Farm.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Semboku itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hachimantai to Semboku in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trip

Tsuruoka, Japan

— 2 nights
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, stroll around Tsuruoka Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ideha Shrine, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Haguro, then make a trip to Jijisugi, and finally steep yourself in history at Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Gassan, then get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, then don't miss a visit to Sankyo Soko Storehouse, and finally explore the world behind art at Ken Domon Museum of Photography.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tsuruoka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Semboku to Tsuruoka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Yamagata, Japan

— 2 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, fly down the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, make a trip to Frost Covered Trees of Zao, then head outdoors with Shiginoya Chinuma, and finally walk around Kajo Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Bunshokan, stop by Sendai Mediatheque, then make a trip to Osaki Hachiman Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamagata trip planner.

You can drive from Tsuruoka to Yamagata in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in February, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Koriyama.

Things to do in Yamagata

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Koriyama, Japan

— 1 night
Kōriyama is a city in central Fukushima Prefecture, Japan., the city has an estimated population of 329,339 and a population density of 435 persons per km². On the 20th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Kaiseizan Dai Jingu Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Koriyama Nunobiki Kaze no Kogen, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then engage your brain at Koriyama City Fureai Science Space Park, and finally walk around Kaiseiyama Park.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Koriyama trip planner.

Drive from Yamagata to Koriyama in 2 hours. February in Koriyama sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Minamiaizu-machi.

Things to do in Koriyama

Parks · Spas · Museums · Baths

Minamiaizu-machi, Japan

— 2 nights
On the 21st (Fri), get outside with Aizu Kogen Takatsue Ski Area, hit the slopes at Aizukogen Daikura Ski Area, then get outside with Nichien Momiji Line, then look for all kinds of wild species at Numappara Marshland, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itamuro Onsen Shrine.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Minamiaizu-machi visit app.

You can drive from Koriyama to Minamiaizu-machi in 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Koriyama in February: high temperatures in Minamiaizu-machi hover around 8°C and lows are around 5°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Minamiaizu-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Tohoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.