55 days in East Asia Itinerary

55 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Wakkanai
— 2 nights
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Asahikawa
— 2 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Aomori
— 2 nights
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Akita
— 2 nights
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Sendai
— 2 nights
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Yamagata
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
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Niigata
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Kanazawa
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Yokohama
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Nagoya
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Kyoto
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Osaka
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Hiroshima
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Fukuoka
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Kagoshima
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Makurazaki
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Kumamoto
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Okayama
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Kobe
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to ABC Cooking Travel and Jonanjima SeasidePark. Venture out of the city with trips to Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Kinchakuda Manjushage Park (in Hidaka). There's lots more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with Street Kart Shibuya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and wander the streets of Ginza.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online driving holiday planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Classes

Side Trips

Hakodate

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the activities along Onuma Lake, then wander the wide-open spaces of Shirotai Farm, then steep yourself in history at Goryokaku Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum. On your second day here, hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then take in the views from Shichizai Bridge, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Hakodate Observatory.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate online day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hakodate takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In September, Hakodate is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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 9th (Wed): make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, then get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, then walk around Odori Park, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Otaru Kihinkan, examine the collection at Otaru-shi General Museum, stroll through Otaru Canal, enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Kenashi View Point, then fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and finally walk around Asahiyama Kinen Koen.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo tour planning tool.

Getting from Hakodate to Sapporo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. In September in Sapporo, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Wakkanai

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome, then make a trip to Cape Noshappu, then explore and take pictures at Yuhigaoka Parking Area, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Hamayuchi Rest House (Kohone House). On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu no Mon Course, look for gifts at Yumekuukan Kitaichiba, enjoy breathtaking views from Inori No to Tower, make a trip to Soya Misaki, then pause for some photo ops at Nihon Saihokutan no Chi Monument, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Soya Wind Farm.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Wakkanai itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Wakkanai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Wakkanai sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails · Parks

Asahikawa

— 2 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikawa Shrine, then make a trip to Kibana no Mori, and finally make a trip to Asahikawa Station. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Shirahige Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka, relax in the rural setting at Biei Farm, then cruise along Ken & Mary Tree, and finally take a memorable drive along Shujitsu no Oka.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Asahikawa route planner.

You can drive from Wakkanai to Asahikawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Asahikawa are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Usuzan Ropeway, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Usu, then visit Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, then explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Noboribetsu trip planner.

Getting from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Asahikawa in September, expect nights in Noboribetsu to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Aomori.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Baths

Side Trips

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 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirota Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Sannai-Maruyama Site, then make a trip to Jomon Jiyukan, then admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, and finally make a trip to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Western Style Architecture, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saishoin Temple, don't miss a visit to Hirosaki Food Market, Niji no Mart, then contemplate the long history of Former Umeda Family Residence, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Choshoji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Apple Road.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Aomori vacation planner.

You can fly from Noboribetsu to Aomori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Aomori, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 59°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sat) before leaving for Akita.

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): head outdoors with Suishinen, get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Nanohana Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Nida no Akitafuki, explore the world behind art at Akita Museum Of Art, see the interesting displays at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, get engrossed in the history at Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial, then admire the natural beauty at Senshu Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Satake Yoshitaka Statue.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Akita holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Aomori to Akita takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Akita can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Sendai.

Things to do in Akita

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take a tour by water with Marubun Matsushima Steamship, then don't miss a visit to Ojima Island, then go for a stroll along the water at Matsushima Bay, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Odakamori Observatory. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Zuihoden, admire the natural beauty at Sendai City Wild Plants Garden, make a trip to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinnoji Temple, then see the sky in a new way at Sendai Astronomical Observatory, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Rairaikyo Gorge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sendai online 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 September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sendai, with lows around 70°F. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yamagata.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Yamagata

— 2 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, make a trip to Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamadera Senju-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Emmei Jizoson, and finally make a trip to Senshoji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Heisenji Temple, head outdoors with Shiginoya Chinuma, explore the activities along Dokkonuma Swamp, take in the awesome beauty at Peaks of the Zaos, then take in the awesome beauty at Goshikidake, and finally don't miss a visit to O-torii.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yamagata trip website.

Traveling by car from Sendai to Yamagata takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sendai in September, expect little chillier with lows of 65°F in Yamagata. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): stop by MUJI Yurakucho and then admire the masterpieces at Idemitsu Museum of Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Daiba Park, explore the world behind art at Yamatane Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sengaku-ji Temple, then stroll around Rinshinomori Park, and finally examine the collection at Fujiko F Fujio Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planning site.

Getting from Yamagata to Tokyo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Niigata.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Niigata

— 2 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nishikaigan Park, then stop by Ponshukan Niigata Station, then pause for some photo ops at Niigata Station Chuken Tama Ko Statue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ichishima Sake Brewery, get to know the fascinating history of Akatani Cycling Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Fukushima-gata, then stop by Pia Bandai, then enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, and finally take in the views from Bandai Bridge.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Niigata trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Tokyo to Niigata in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Niigata are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 30th (Wed): indulge in some culinary diversions at In Kanazawa House, browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudosonkorin Temple. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, take a stroll through Gokayama, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally walk around Kanazawa Castle Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa travel site.

You can take a train from Niigata to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. September in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 65°F at night. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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 2nd (Fri): stroll around Yamashita Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Kishamichi Promenade, then steep yourself in history at Nipponmaru Memorial Park, and finally take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Memorial Warships Mikasa, walk around Kamakura Kaihin Koen Inamuragasaki, contemplate the long history of Inamuragasaki, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, and finally contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yokohama trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Yokohama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. October in Yokohama sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 61°F at night. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, go for a walk through Tokoname City Pottery Footpath, and then steep yourself in history at Climbing Kiln. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Toyota Kaikan Museum, stroll around Kuragaike Park, walk around Higashiyama Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Yamazaki River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nagoya online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Yokohama to Nagoya by combination of subway and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and train; or fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Nagoya are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
On the 6th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then get outside with Street Kart Kyoto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daikaku-ji, take in nature's colorful creations at Okochi Sanso Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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 8th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, hit the best photo ops around with Photoguider-Japan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally stroll through Nakanoshima Park.

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

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. You will leave for Hiroshima on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, then take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima vacation builder site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 61°F. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamado Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine. On your second day here, let your taste buds guide you at Fukuoka Walks, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, then see the interesting displays at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum, and finally stroll around Ohori Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka trip itinerary planner.

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 October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

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 14th (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Kagoshima Prefectural Office Observation Lobby, then walk around Sakurajima Nature Dinosaur Park, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally stroll around Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue, test the waters at a local thermal spa, make a trip to Temmonkan Mujyaki, then don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, then go for a walk through Sengan-en, and finally stroll around Tagayama Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kagoshima road trip website.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly; or drive. In October in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 59°F at night. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Makurazaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Makurazaki

— 1 night
Makurazaki is a city located in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Makurazaki Fish Center, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Satsuma Shuzo Brewery Meijigura, then look for gifts at Makurazaki Katsuo Public Corporation, and finally make a trip to JR Makurazaki Station.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Makurazaki holiday maker website.

Drive from Kagoshima to Makurazaki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kagoshima in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Makurazaki, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Makurazaki

Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 17th (Sat), shop like a local with Shimotori Shotengai, walk around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church, then don't miss a visit to Kumamon Square, and finally admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, take an in-depth tour of Kumamoto Castle Museum Wakuwakuza, get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, then appreciate the history behind Statue of KATO Kiyomasa, and finally get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Makurazaki to Kumamoto in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Makurazaki in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 59°F in Kumamoto. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for Okayama.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Ohashi House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bicchukokubunji Temple, then stroll through Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, and finally stroll around Nishigawa Canal Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at Okayama Orient Museum, see the interesting displays at Inujima Seirensho Art Museum, then head off the coast to Inujima, and finally admire the striking features of Inujima Kurashino Shokubutsuen.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Okayama road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Okayama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Kumamoto in October, you will find days in Okayama are little chillier (70°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kobe.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

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.
On the 21st (Wed), admire the striking features of Minatogawa Shrine, then examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, and then indulge your senses at Kampai Sake Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, examine the collection at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe road trip planner.

You can take a train from Okayama to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Okayama in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kobe, with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Tours

Tokyo

— 4 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Japan Wonder Travel and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. See some other sides of Tokyo: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Observatory, Seaside Top, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, and have fun at teamLab☆Planets.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online route planner.

You can take a train from Kobe to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites