49 days in East Asia Itinerary

49 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Towada
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kochi
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
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Sapporo

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area and Mt. Moiwa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Niseko Hanazono Resort (in Kutchan-cho). And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and stroll around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary planning app.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sapporo. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for cooler days in Sapporo, with highs around 47°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can fly to Towada.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Towada

— 2 nights
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
On the 6th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, then explore the activities along Oirase Gorge, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hakkoda Mountains. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, get curious at Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, and then test the waters at Higashi Hakkoda Onsen.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Towada trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Towada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sapporo in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Towada, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chidorigafuchi and Zojo-ji Temple. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and take a stroll through Ueno District.

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Traveling by flight from Towada to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Towada in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Kanazawa

— 6 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Kanda house. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tokyo in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 5 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nabana no Sato and Ise Shrine Geku. Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Futami Okitama Shrine, Okageza, &more), Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, make a trip to Nagoya Urban Institute, examine the collection at Toyota Automobile Museum, and steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya tour planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nagoya when traveling from Kanazawa in April, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kennin-ji Temple and Amanohashidate. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Miyazu (Kyu Mikamiye House & Amanohashidate View Land) and Toba Aquarium (in Toba). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and visit Pontocho District.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip app.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 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 Nigatsu-do Temple and Otsuka Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara), Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Kochi.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kochi

— 2 nights
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 8th (Sat), explore the engaging exhibits at Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, then head outdoors with Wanpaku Kochi, and then contemplate the long history of Kochi Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Sunday Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and finally kick back and relax at Katsura Hama.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Kochi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 5 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shukkei-en Garden and Daishoin Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kochi to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 4 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Inasayama Observation Deck and 26 Martyrs Museum. Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, make a trip to Glover Sky Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, and examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki travel planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.

Tohoku travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Bodies of Water
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.

Kanto travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Nearly synonymous with Tokyo and its suburban sprawl, the region of Kanto encompasses many historical sites, hot springs, semitropical islands, and picturesque mountains. Predictably, most tours of Kanto begin and end in Tokyo, which serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby national parks, ancient temples, and grand monuments reminding visitors of Japan's shogun era. During feudal times, Kanto reigned as the center of political and military power; today, the area represents one of the country's tourism hubs. As you plan your Kanto itinerary, be sure to include a stop in Kamakura, a small temple town filled with notable cultural treasures.

Chubu travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
In the middle of Japan's largest island, the region of Chubu remains best known for its picturesque natural scenery and numerous hot springs. The region contains the rugged Japanese Alps, which separate the country's sunny Pacific from the snowy Sea of Japan side. Thanks to this high mountain range, most vacations in Chubu include skiing in the cold months and hiking in the warmer part of the year. Don't miss a tour of Mount Fuji, Japan's enduring symbol and a hugely popular attraction, both for climbing and viewing. When you need to add some urban flair to your Chubu itinerary, the large city of Nagoya holds plenty of appeal with museums, shrines, and parks.

Kansai travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.

Shikoku travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.

Chugoku travel guide

4.4
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · History Museums
The western portion of the island of Honshu, Chugoku features two distinct seacoasts. The area along the Seto Inland Sea represents one of Japan's most industrialized and urbanized sections, while the coastline lapped by the Sea of Japan remains more rural--as well as less touristy. Both areas offer plenty of vacation ideas in Chugoku, with pilgrimages to see over 30 historic temples among the most popular things to do here. The region also contains Hiroshima, which is not only the site of the infamous atomic bombing, but also a modern urban center with a busy nightlife and a cosmopolitan atmosphere that appeals to foreign tourists.

Kyushu travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Enthusiastic shutterbugs and lovers of all things picturesque often choose to tour Kyushu-Okinawa on one of the island's epic train trips, leading through a landscape shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. With mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of developed beaches, the region offers a wealth of marine sports and recreation. Those with relaxation on their mind take a vacation in Kyushu-Okinawa for a chance to explore some of Japan's finest onsens, in which pristine nature meets modern amenities for an unforgettable tourist experience.