55 days in East Asia Itinerary

55 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Wakkanai
— 3 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Shiroishi
— 1 night
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Obanazawa
— 2 nights
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Yamagata
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 12 nights
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Matsuyama
— 3 nights
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Kochi
— 4 nights
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Takamatsu
— 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) and Nezu Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokosuka (Memorial Warships Mikasa & Boat Tours & Water Sports) and Tokyo Horse Racetrack (in Fuchu). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, take a stroll through Ueno District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip site.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo is 17 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Casinos

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Onuma Quasi-National Park and Onuma Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Park Information Onuma (in Nanae-cho) and Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Hachimanzaka, browse the exhibits of Goryokaku Tower, steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Dozo, and admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hakodate road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect Hakodate to be little chillier, temps between 60°F and 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, then ponder the world of politics at Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence, and then get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, then admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, then stroll around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, and finally stroll around Maruyama Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Hakodate to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. When traveling from Hakodate in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Soya Misaki and Toyotomi Onsen Fureai Center. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Cape Noshappu, head outdoors with Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu no Mon Course, steep yourself in history at Old Naval Watchtower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokumon Shrine.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Wakkanai visit planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Wakkanai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Spas · Baths · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yuzawa Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onibokora.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Noboribetsu online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Wakkanai to Noboribetsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 4 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden. Enjoy Tokyo some more: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and appreciate the history behind Unicorn Gundam Statue.

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Fly from Noboribetsu to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Noboribetsu - with highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Shiroishi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Spas · Parks · Museums

Shiroishi

— 1 night
Shiroishi is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Shiroishi Castle, make a trip to Samurai Housing, then experience rural life at Zao Dairy Farm, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Shiroishi journey planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Shiroishi in 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in October, with highs in Shiroishi at 66°F and lows at 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Obanazawa.

Things to do in Shiroishi

Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Obanazawa

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Ginzan Yuhodo. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Ozeki Park, don't miss a visit to Kaneyama Townscape, take a memorable tour with Tours, then steep yourself in history at Basho Onboard Place, then appreciate the history behind Midori no Kaze Statue, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mominoki Monument.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Obanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shiroishi to Obanazawa takes 2 hours. In October in Obanazawa, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel to Yamagata.

Things to do in Obanazawa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Yamagata

— 1 night
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
On the 28th (Thu), get outside with Shiginoya Chinuma, then explore the activities along Dokkonuma Swamp, and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of History and Culture Warabe No Sato.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yamagata trip planner.

You can drive from Obanazawa to Yamagata in an hour. In October in Yamagata, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Explore hidden gems such as teamLab☆Planets and Meiji Jingu Gaien. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Ikuta Ryokuchi Park (in Kawasaki) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). Enjoy Tokyo some more: wander the streets of Yanaka District, get to know the fascinating history of University of Tokyo, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, and stop by Stockplus.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Yamagata to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yamagata in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 72°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 12 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 Koyasan Okunoin and Nanzen-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Minoo Park (in Mino), Nakanoshima Park (in Osaka) and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda). There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Daikaku-ji, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 3 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bocchan Wind up Clock and Taisanji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsuyama: Toon (Namekawakeikoku & Shirai Fall). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, go for a walk through Dogo Onsen Sora no Sampomichi, don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Matsuyama trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Matsuyama by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Kochi

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chikurinji Temple and Katsura Hama. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kochi: Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum (in Kami) and Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture (in Konan). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge, steep yourself in history at Kochi Castle, hunt for treasures at Hirome Ichiba, and stroll around Godaisan Park.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kochi trip builder app.

Take a train from Matsuyama to Kochi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In November in Kochi, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 3 nights

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Onaruto Bridge and Thermal Spas. Take a break from Takamatsu with a short trip to Okuboji Temple in Sanuki, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yashima-ji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, and explore the world behind art at The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Takamatsu trip builder.

Take a train from Kochi to Takamatsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Kochi in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Takamatsu, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Hakone-machi (Hakone Museum of Art & Hakone Stone‐paved Road) and Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara). See some other sides of Tokyo: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kokyo Gaien National Garden, indulge in some personalized pampering at ERAWAN Thai Traditional Massage - Tokyo, and stroll around Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo route planner.

Getting from Takamatsu to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips