49 days in East Asia Itinerary

49 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 14 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Fly
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Osaka
— 7 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Takayama
— 1 night
Drive
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Nikko
— 1 night
Drive
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akita
— 5 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 7 nights
Drive
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Otaru
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 1 night

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Tokyo

— 14 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've now added Hozomon to your itinerary. Head to Ginza and Gallery Marusanfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport, Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base and Yokota Air Base. In March, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi online tour planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Koya and Four-M. For shopping fun, head to Dotombori District or Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Ryusen-in Temple), Gyoja no Taki (in Izumisano) and Himeji (Himeji Central Park, Himeji Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, stop by Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, use the Osaka online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Hakone-machi to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Sanjusangendo Temple. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Gion, cast your line with Hero Tour Japan, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, and learn the secrets of beer at 株式会社 MATATABI.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 4th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, have fun at Experience YAMATO, then look for all kinds of wild species at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, then stop by Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, and finally awaken your taste buds at Nara Wellness Tourism. On the next day, sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then stroll through Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

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Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Nara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Takayama

— 1 night
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 6th (Wed), hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, visit Sanmachi Suji, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Takayama itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nara to Takayama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nara in April since evenings lows in Takayama dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Nikko

— 1 night
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.
On the 7th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hoshinomiya Iwasaku Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Takayama to Nikko in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Nikko. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Hiraizumi-cho

— 2 nights
On the 8th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Motsu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, take an in-depth tour of Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, contemplate the long history of Takadachi Gikeido, then steep yourself in history at Site of Muryoko-in, and finally steep yourself in history at Kanjizaioin Ruins. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple Benkeido, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, then examine the collection at Sankozo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyu Oi-do.

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Drive from Nikko to Hiraizumi-cho in 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nikko in April since evenings lows in Hiraizumi-cho dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Akita.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums

Akita

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Samurai District and Jizoden Ruins. For shopping fun, head to Ando Brewery Kajoan or Akita Station Building Topico. Venture out of the city with trips to Nikaho (Nakajimadai Recreation no Mori, Nakajimadai Shishigahana Marsh, &more), Semboku (Hachimantai Dragon Eye, Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi, &more) and Hachimantai (Kuroyachi Wetland & Hachimantai Asupite line). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art, see the interesting displays at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, hunt for treasures at Akita Public Market, and explore the historical opulence of Kubota Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Akita trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Akita in 2.5 hours. April in Akita sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Akita

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 7 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town and Tanukikoji Shopping Street. Get some historical perspective at Sapporo Clock Tower and Hokkaido Jingu. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima (in Kitahiroshima), Ishikari (Asobeach Ishikari & Salmon Factory) and Noboribetsu (Oku no Yu, Jigokudani, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and walk around Odori Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Akita to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Akita in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Otaru.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Otaru

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): hunt for treasures at Sankaku Market, contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, explore the activities along Otaru Canal, get in on the family fun at Otaru Denuki Koji, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Tengu, and finally stop by Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Otaru trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Otaru takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Otaru

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Tokyo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the activities along Meguro River.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning tool.

Fly from Otaru to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Otaru in April, with highs in Tokyo at 22°C and lows at 12°C.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Nature
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