49 days in East Asia Itinerary

49 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Aomori
— 3 nights
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Morioka
— 2 nights
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Akita
— 3 nights
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Sendai
— 3 nights
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Yamagata
— 3 nights
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Shinjo
— 2 nights
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Niigata
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Best Experience Japan and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kencho-ji Temple (in Kamakura), Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima) and Memorial Warships Mikasa (in Yokosuka). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets, admire the natural beauty at Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden, and stop by Yanaka District.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip app.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hachimanzaka and Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Nanae-cho (Onuma Lake, Onuma Quasi-National Park, &more) and Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Motomachi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.John's Church Hakodate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakodate Orthodox Church, and go for a walk through Hiyori Hill.

To see ratings and more tourist information, read our Hakodate vacation website.

Fly from Tokyo to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 60°F and lows are around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Aomori.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Aomori

— 3 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sannai-Maruyama Site and Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse. Get out of town with these interesting Aomori side-trips: Towada (Deai-bashi Bridge, Tsutanonana Swamp, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Oirase River, don't miss a visit to Snow Corridor, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hakkoda Gourda Line, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Aomori Asamushi Aquarium.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Aomori trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Hakodate to Aomori by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Aomori can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a train to Morioka.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks · Nature · Spas · Trails

Side Trips

Morioka

— 2 nights
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōon-ji Temple, look for gifts at Kogensya, snap pictures at Yugaose Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at Yotsuya Church, then make a trip to Rock-breaking Cherry Tree, and finally steep yourself in history at Iwate Park (Koen). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building, get advice or help at Moriokamachiya Monogatarikan, soak in some Japanese tradition at Tsunagi Onsen, explore the striking landscape at Mt. Iwate Yakehashiri Lava Flow, then snap pictures at Mori no Ohashi Bridge, and finally examine the collection at Iwate Prefectural Citizens' Forest Forestry Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Morioka travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Aomori to Morioka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Akita.

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Akita

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ogashinzan Traditional Museum and Samurai District. Venture out of the city with trips to Shinzan Shrine (in Oga), Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno (in Katagami) and Semboku (Tatetsuke, Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Senshu Park, don't miss a visit to Akita Marugoto Market, get engrossed in the history at Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tsuchizaki Catholic Church.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Akita holiday maker tool.

Traveling by train from Morioka to Akita takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Akita are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Akita

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Sendai

— 3 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 Sendai Station and Zuihoden. Change things up with these side-trips from Sendai: Shibata-machi (Funaokajoshi Park, Shibata Senokyo Bridge, &more) and Matsushima-machi (Matsushima Bay, Entsu-in Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, admire the verdant scenery at Rairaikyo Gorge, make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue, and learn more about the world around you at Tohoku University of Natural History.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sendai itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Akita to Sendai in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Akita in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 61°F in Sendai. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yamagata.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Yamagata

— 3 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Risshaku-ji Temple and Okama Crater. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yamagata: Yonezawa (Keishoden, Uesugi Jinja Shrine, &more) and O-torii (in Zao-machi). There's still lots to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, admire the natural beauty at Safflower Field of Takase, take in the awesome beauty at Peaks of the Zaos, and contemplate the waterfront views at Dokkonuma Swamp.

Plan my day in Yamagata using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Sendai to Yamagata in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sendai in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yamagata, with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Shinjo.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Shinjo

— 2 nights
Shinjō is a city in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan.As of October 2016, the city had an estimated population of 36,481 and a population density of 160 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Former Japan Railways Shinjo Station Kikanko, appreciate the history behind Midori no Kaze Statue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tozawa Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Shinjo Castle Ruins, then explore the activities along Mogami River, and finally steep yourself in history at Basho Onboard Place. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Shinjo Furusato History Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tomiyama Bato Kannon, contemplate the waterfront views at Sakaida Bunsuirei, then don't miss a visit to House of Hojin, then get to know the fascinating history of Ginzan Yuhodo, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Ginzan Onsen Waraku Ashinoyu.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Shinjo tour planner.

Drive from Yamagata to Shinjo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Niigata.

Things to do in Shinjo

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Niigata

— 3 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ponshukan Niigata Station and Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery. Explore Niigata's surroundings by going to Yahiko-mura (Yahikoyama Panorama Tower, Yahiko Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Marinepia Nihonkai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Next21 Observation Lounge, and stop by Pia Bandai.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Niigata road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shinjo to Niigata takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Niigata

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stop by Amanatto Kawamura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirayama Hime Shrine, then explore and take pictures at Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road, then stop by Gokayama, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Ainokura Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden, indulge in some culinary diversions at In Kanazawa House, then examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally stroll around Kanazawa Castle Park.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Niigata to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 28th (Thu), examine the collection at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the pleasant sights at Tokoname City Pottery Footpath, and finally contemplate the long history of Climbing Kiln. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then explore the world behind art at Furukawa Art Museum, and finally walk around Higashiyama Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya journey planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nagoya are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sannenzaka Ninenzaka and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Chishaku-in, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary site.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Osaka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall of Mino, then see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, and then walk around Minoo Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online attractions planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On your second day here, explore the activities along Motoyasu River, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and finally snap pictures at Aioi Bridge.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey builder.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Fukuoka

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hakata Station and Nanzoin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Raizan Sennyoji Daihioin (in Itoshima) and Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine, contemplate the long history of Keiseki Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, and stroll around Yusentei Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fukuoka trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kagoshima

— 3 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chiran Peace Museum and Temmonkan Mujyaki. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kagoshima: Minamikyushu (Heiwa no Kane, Bandokorobana Park, &more). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, make a trip to Ferris Wheel Amuran, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kagoshima road trip website.

Take a train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. See even more of Tokyo: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, stroll around Meiji Jingu Gaien, and take in the architecture and design of University of Tokyo.

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Traveling by flight from Kagoshima to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Tours · Museums · Spas