49 days in East Asia Itinerary

49 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Hakone-machi
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Kobe
— 3 nights
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Nikko
— 4 nights
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Sendai
— 5 nights
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Wakkanai
— 3 nights
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Asahikawa
— 3 nights
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Otaru
— 2 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 3 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.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online attractions 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. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 69°F. You'll set off for Hakone-machi on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine and Momiji Tunnel. Step out of Hakone-machi with an excursion to Lake Kawaguchi in Fujikawaguchiko-machi--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi attractions planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arashiyama, Uji Shrine, Uji River, and other attractions you added. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Kyoto by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in October: highs in Kyoto hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 60°F. You will leave for Kobe on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kobe

— 3 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Maiko Marine Promenade, Kobe Harborland and Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens. Change things up with a short trip to Himeji Castle in Himeji (about 1h 10 min away).

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 64°F. You will leave for Nikko on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nikko

— 4 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Senjogahara Field. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu.

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Traveling by train from Kobe to Nikko takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train; or drive. While traveling from Kobe, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 62°F. On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Miyagi Zao Fox Village as well as Risshaku-ji Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zuihoden and Osaki Hachiman Shrine. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinnoji Temple, don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue, and step into the grandiose world of Aoba Castle Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sendai trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Nikko to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sendai can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. You will leave for Hakodate on the 19th (Mon).

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Hakodate

— 3 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Explore hidden gems such as Hachimanzaka and Onuma Park Walking Path. Get out of town with these interesting Hakodate side-trips: Nanae-cho (Onuma Lake & Onuma Quasi-National Park). There's much more to do: stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen), and enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hakodate trip planner.

Getting from Sendai to Hakodate by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sendai in October, things will get slightly colder in Hakodate: highs are around 60°F and lows about 46°F. You'll set off for Sapporo on the 22nd (Thu).

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Sapporo

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Hokkaido University Museum as well as Asahiyama Kinen Koen. There's more to do: walk around Odori Park.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo travel route planner.

You can take a train from Hakodate to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. While traveling from Hakodate, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums

Wakkanai

— 3 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.
Rebun Island has been added to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Cape Noshappu and Esandomarigyoko Park.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Wakkanai trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Sapporo to Wakkanai by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. October in Wakkanai sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 47°F at night. You'll set off for Asahikawa on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Wakkanai

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Asahikawa

— 3 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Furano Marche as well as Asahikawa Ramen Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Asahiyama Zoo and then get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Asahikawa trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Wakkanai to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Wakkanai in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Asahikawa, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Otaru

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): make a trip to JR Otaru Station, then see the interesting displays at Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan, and then stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Otaru Denuki Koji, then explore the activities along Otaru Canal, then contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Otaru online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Asahikawa to Otaru takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Otaru: highs are around 55°F and lows about 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Otaru

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Noboribetsu

— 3 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Toya and Oku no Yu. Explore Noboribetsu's surroundings by going to Showashinzan (in Sobetsu-cho) and Silo Viewing Platform (in Toyako-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Otaru to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Noboribetsu can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. You will leave for Tokyo on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Nezu Museum. See even more of Tokyo: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Garden, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Noboribetsu to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Noboribetsu in November, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 62°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Tours · Museums · Spas