55 days in East Asia Itinerary

55 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 3 nights
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Otaru
— 3 nights
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Miyazu
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Shibushi
— 1 night
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 5 nights
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Goto
— 2 nights
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Oita
— 3 nights
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Kobe
— 4 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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip 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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Nagoya

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama), Nagiso-machi (Nakasendo Tsumagojuku & Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls) and Nakasendo Magome-juku (in Nakatsugawa). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, admire the landmark architecture of Seinan Sumiyagura, and don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Noboribetsu

— 3 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Noboribetsu: Sobetsu-cho (Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden & Showashinzan) and Silo Viewing Platform (in Toyako-cho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, and take in the natural beauty of Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Noboribetsu road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Nagoya to Noboribetsu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nagoya in September, with highs in Noboribetsu at 70°F and lows at 60°F. On the 29th (Wed), you're off to Otaru.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Otaru

— 3 nights

Town of Hills

The port city of Otaru has long attracted domestic visitors, drawn in by the city's many historic buildings, and has started to garner international attention, too.
Get out of town with these interesting Otaru side-trips: Yoichi-cho (Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Asadaen Farm, &more) and Shakotan-cho (Shimamu Beach, Cape Kamui, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Otaru Canal, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sankaku Market, pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church, and admire the masterpieces at Otaru Art Base.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Otaru trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Otaru takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Otaru can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Miyazu.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Miyazu

— 3 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
On the 4th (Mon), make a trip to Kyu Mikamiye House, walk around Kasamatsu Park, then steep yourself in history at Ine no Funaya, and finally take in the waterfront at Aso No Funaya. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Amanohashidate View Land, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-ji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motoise Konojinja Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kanabiki Waterfall, and finally contemplate the long history of Yosano Town Ancient Tomb Park.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Miyazu journey builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Otaru to Miyazu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Otaru in October; daily highs in Miyazu reach 68°F and lows reach 58°F. On the 6th (Wed), you're off to Osaka.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Osaka

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda), Kyoto (Sanjusangendo Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, &more) and Jishu Shrine (in Otsu). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka journey planner.

You can drive from Miyazu to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shibushi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Shibushi

— 1 night
Shibushi is a city located in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.As of February 1, 2013, the city has an estimated population of 33,724, with 15,850 households and a population density of 116.29 persons per kmĀ². Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Shibushi Castle Site, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dolphin Park, then take in the waterfront at Shibushi Port, then make a trip to Shibushi no Okusu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamamiya Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Daguri Cape Amusement Park, then kick back and relax at Nichinan Coast Seminational Park, then look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Kunino Matsubara Osaki, and finally enjoy some diversion at Shibushi Tetsudo Memorial Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Shibushi online trip maker.

Drive from Osaka to Shibushi in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Osaka in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shibushi, with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Shibushi

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kagoshima

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Kagoshima Prefectural Government Commemoration Hall, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shiroyama, then take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, and finally appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to Temmonkan Mujyaki, contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, and finally make a trip to Tenmonkan.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kagoshima online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Shibushi to Kagoshima by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Shibushi in October since evenings lows in Kagoshima dip to 59°F. You will leave for Yakushima-cho on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Yakushima-cho is known for nature, baths, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Kagoshima in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Yakushima-cho, with lows around 68°F. You'll set off for Nagasaki on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Nagasaki

— 5 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Go for a jaunt from Nagasaki to Sasebo to see Huis Ten Bosch about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, and examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nagasaki trip builder site.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Nagasaki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Yakushima-cho in October since evenings lows in Nagasaki dip to 63°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Goto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Goto

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Fukuejima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dozaki Cathedral, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uragashira Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Onidake Volcanic Mountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Mizunoura Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Takahama Beach, then explore the activities along Osezaki Dangai, and finally take an in-depth tour of Goto Kanko History Museum.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Goto day trip site.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Goto in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Goto when traveling from Nagasaki in October, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oita.

Things to do in Goto

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Oita

— 3 nights
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Tanoura Beach, don't miss a visit to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, then take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, then make a trip to Oniishibozu Jigoku, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Beppu Tower.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Oita trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Goto to Oita by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Goto in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Oita, with lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Kobe.

Things to do in Oita

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Kobe

— 4 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.
Explore Kobe's surroundings by going to Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto) and Himeji (Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, Himeji Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, steep yourself in history at Ishoan, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kobe trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Oita to Kobe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kobe are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Tokyo Disneyland (in Maihama). Enjoy Tokyo some more: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Ginza, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planner.

Getting from Kobe to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips