55 days in East Asia Itinerary

55 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): wander the streets of Asakusa, then stroll around Ueno Park, then get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum. On your second day here, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planning tool.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo. 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 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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 Hakodate's surroundings by going to Nanae-cho (Onuma Park Walking Path & Onuma Quasi-National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, let little ones run wild at Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen), and don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip planning site.

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 a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Aomori.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Aomori

— 2 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Manjufukashi, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the ancient world of Sannai-Maruyama Site, then admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, and finally get your bearings at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM. On the next day, snap pictures at Aomori Bay Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hakkoda Mountains, and finally take in the views from Jogakura Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Aomori trip planning tool.

Take a train from Hakodate to Aomori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. October in Aomori sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Morioka.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums · Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Morioka

— 2 nights
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Fesan, snap pictures at Kaiunbashi Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Shrine, don't miss a visit to Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building, then don't miss a visit 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 15th (Fri): experience rural life at Koiwai Farm, stop by Morioka Handi-Works Square, then see the interesting displays at Miyazawa Kenji Memorial, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Morioka trip maker app.

You can take a train from Aomori to Morioka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in Morioka are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can take a train to Akita.

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

Akita

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Park Kanpuzan Kaiten Observatory Deck, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, then take an in-depth tour of Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, and finally get great views at Michi-no-Eki Akita Port. On your second day here, examine the collection at Akita Akarenga Kyodokan, examine the collection at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, take in nature's colorful creations at Senshu Park, appreciate the history behind Satake Yoshitaka Statue, then step into the grandiose world of Kubota Castle, and finally admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Akita trip planner.

Traveling by train from Morioka to Akita takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Sendai.

Things to do in Akita

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sendai

— 2 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 18th (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Matsushima Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho, steep yourself in history at Osaki Hachiman Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, then appreciate the history behind Zuihoden, then make a trip to Sendai Station, and finally make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

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

Traveling by train from Akita to Sendai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Akita in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sendai, with lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fukushima.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Fukushima

— 2 nights
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. On the 20th (Wed), get impressive views of Azuma Kofuji, cruise along Bandai-Azuma Skyline, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uesugi Jinja Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukutoku Inari Shrine. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Old Horikiri House, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Adatara, then contemplate the long history of The ruins of Nihonmatsu Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Ryusen-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Fukushima itinerary builder app.

Getting from Sendai to Fukushima by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Fukushima when traveling from Sendai in October, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Yamagata.

Things to do in Fukushima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yamagata

— 2 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
On the 22nd (Fri), admire the striking features of Bunshokan, walk around Kajo Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Katta, then explore and take pictures at Zao Echo Line, and finally explore the historical opulence of Yamagata castle. Keep things going the next day: stop by Yamagataken Kanko Bussan Kaikan, test the waters at a local thermal spa, hit the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, then don't miss a visit to Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, and finally appreciate the history behind Matsuo Basho and Sora Statue.

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

Getting from Fukushima to Yamagata by car takes about 1.5 hours. October in Yamagata sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Shinjo.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Basho Onboard Place, explore the activities along Mogami River, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Former Japan Railways Shinjo Station Kikanko, then get advice or help at Yumeria, and finally look for gifts at Mogami Product Shop. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Ginzan Onsen, then get to know the fascinating history of Ginzan Yuhodo, then soak in some Japanese tradition at Ginzan Onsen Waraku Ashinoyu, and finally walk around Shirogane Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Shinjo holiday tool.

Drive from Yamagata to Shinjo in 1.5 hours. In October in Shinjo, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shinjo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum and then wander the streets of Takeshita Street. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, stop by Odaiba District, and then admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Shinjo to Tokyo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Shinjo in October, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 72°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 28th (Thu), gain a rich perspective with Snow Monkey Resorts, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saiho-ji Temple. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, explore the activities along Lake Kagami, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nagano trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Tokyo to Nagano by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Nagano reach 65°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Toyama.

Things to do in Nagano

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Toyama

— 2 nights
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Toyama Castle, examine the collection at Rakusuitei Art Museum, then stroll around Fugan Unga Kansui Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Toyama City Office View Tower. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Takaoka Castle Ruins, don't miss a visit to Takaoka Daibutsu Buddha, then don't miss a visit to Zuiryuji Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Amaharashi Coast, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Himi Banyagai.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Toyama trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nagano to Toyama by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Nature

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.
On the 1st (Mon), contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and finally make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, and finally stop by Higashichaya Old Town.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa travel planning app.

Getting from Toyama to Kanazawa by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Yokohama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, then take a leisurely stroll along Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, then stroll around Yamashita Park, and finally take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yokohama trip site.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Yokohama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Yokohama, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine. On the next day, make a trip to Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato, and finally don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Yokohama to Nagoya by combination of subway and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Nagoya are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On your second day here, wander the streets of Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Enryaku-ji Shakado.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip tool.

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kobe

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Kitano Ijinkan-gai, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower, examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, then stop by Kobe Harborland, and finally stroll around Meriken Park.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kobe tour planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November in Kobe, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

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.
On the 11th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo.

Discover how to plan a Hiroshima trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Kobe to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 2 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.
On the 13th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenkai Inari Shrine. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, go for a walk through Ohori Park, then explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and finally make a trip to Yatai.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka online trip builder.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. November in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Kagoshima

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, then make a trip to Kagoshima Chuo Station, then examine the collection at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, and finally appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Tsukiyomi Shrine, get impressive views of Sakurajima, then enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, then learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shiroyama.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kagoshima road trip planning app.

Getting from Fukuoka to Kagoshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. November in Kagoshima sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Statue of KATO Kiyomasa, and finally make a trip to Shinshigai Shotengai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Kumamoto City Hall, Large Hall Floor, take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, browse the different shops at Shimotori Shotengai, then explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then make a trip to Kumamon Square, and finally don't miss a visit to JR Kumamoto Station.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kumamoto driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Kitakyushu

— 2 nights
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): make a trip to Kanmon Tunnel for Humans (Shimonoseki Side), snap pictures at Kanmon Bridge, explore the activities along Kanmon Kaikyo, then see the interesting displays at Kyushu Railway History Museum, then take a stroll through Mojiko Retro, and finally admire the striking features of Osaka Shosen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Kamonwharf, visit Karato market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Akama Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Mojiko Retro Tenbowsitsu, then make a trip to Kokura Station Building, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kokura Castle.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kitakyushu road trip planner.

Take a train from Kumamoto to Kitakyushu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Kitakyushu are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, and finally pause for some photo ops at Momotaro Statue. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Ohashi House, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, then make a trip to Kurashiki Ivy Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Achi Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Okayama visit planner.

Getting from Kitakyushu to Okayama by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or drive. Traveling from Kitakyushu in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Okayama, with lows around 44°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Museums · 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Okayama to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. See even more of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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You can fly from Osaka to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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