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
— 5 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) and Nezu Museum. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Yokosuka (Memorial Warships Mikasa & Boat Tours & Water Sports) and Tokyo Horse Racetrack (in Fuchu). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of Yebisu Beer, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Onuma Quasi-National Park and Onuma Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Hakodate side-trips: Park Information Onuma (in Nanae-cho) and Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Hachimanzaka, take an in-depth tour of Goryokaku Tower, contemplate the long history of Goryokaku Dozo, and admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakodate by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: high temperatures in Hakodate hover around 18°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, then get a sense of history and politics at Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence, and then get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, then admire the masterpieces at Sapporo Art Museum, then walk around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, and finally walk around Maruyama Park.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Hakodate in October, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Soya Misaki and Cape Noshappu. Go for a jaunt from Wakkanai to Toyotomi-cho to see Toyotomi Onsen Fureai Center about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokumon Shrine, steep yourself in history at Old Naval Watchtower, make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome, and trek along Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu no Mon Course.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Wakkanai driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Sapporo to Wakkanai in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In October in Wakkanai, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Spas · Baths · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Noboribetsu

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

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Fly from Wakkanai to Noboribetsu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. See even more of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Sumida River, see the interesting displays at Nissan Crossing, and take in panoramic vistas at Observatory, Seaside Top.

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Traveling by flight from Noboribetsu to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Noboribetsu - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Shiroishi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Spas · Parks · Historic Sites

Shiroishi

— 1 night
Shiroishi is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. On the 25th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Samurai Housing, relax in the rural setting at Zao Dairy Farm, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Shiroishi trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Shiroishi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: high temperatures in Shiroishi hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. 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

Highlights from your trip

Obanazawa

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ginzan Yuhodo. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Ozeki Park, make a trip to Kaneyama Townscape, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate the long history of Basho Onboard Place, then pause for some photo ops at Midori no Kaze Statue, and finally appreciate the history behind Mominoki Monument.

To see maps and more tourist information, read Obanazawa travel planner.

Traveling by car from Shiroishi to Obanazawa takes 2 hours. October in Obanazawa sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel to Yamagata.

Things to do in Obanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Yamagata

— 1 night
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): head outdoors with Shiginoya Chinuma, then contemplate the waterfront views at Dokkonuma Swamp, and then take an in-depth tour of Museum of History and Culture Warabe No Sato.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yamagata, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Obanazawa to Yamagata takes an hour. October in Yamagata sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Tokyo

— 4 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at teamLab☆Planets and Madame Tussauds Tokyo. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Ikuta Ryokuchi Park (in Kawasaki). Enjoy Tokyo some more: wander the streets of Yanaka District, don't miss a visit to University of Tokyo, stop by Stockplus, and stroll around Meiji Jingu Gaien.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Yamagata to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yamagata in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Koyasan Okunoin and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nakanoshima Park (in Osaka), Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda) and Minoo Park (in Mino). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Daikaku-ji.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip tool.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel 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 Gogoshima Island. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsuyama: Toon (Namekawakeikoku & Shirai Fall). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, steep yourself in history at Taisanji Temple, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kyoto to Matsuyama in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chikurinji Temple and Katsura Hama. Explore Kochi's surroundings by going to Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture (in Konan) and Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum (in Kami). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Harimaya Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tosa Shrine, stroll around Godaisan Park, and get outside with Wanpaku Kochi.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kochi trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Onaruto Bridge and Shikoku Mura Village. Change things up with a short trip to Okuboji Temple in Sanuki (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, admire the masterpieces at The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Negoroji Temple, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu attractions planner.

You can drive from Kochi to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Kochi in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Takamatsu: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center and Kanda Myojin. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Museum of Art & Hakone Stone‐paved Road). Enjoy Tokyo some more: explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, stroll around Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park, admire the natural beauty at Former Shiba Rikyu Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo journey website.

You can fly from Takamatsu to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips