56 days in East Asia Itinerary

56 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Chichi-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sado
— 3 nights
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Niigata
— 2 nights
Fly
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Toyooka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Miyazu
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hakodate
— 4 nights
Fly to Sapporo Okadama, Train to Asahikawa
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Asahikawa
— 2 nights
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Wakkanai
— 2 nights
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Rebun-cho
— 2 nights
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Rishiri-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to Rishiri Airport, Fly to Sapporo
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
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Tokyo

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Thu), pick up some new kitchen skills with ABC Cooking Travel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koami Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally relax and rejuvenate at ERAWAN Thai Traditional Massage - Tokyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Meiji Jingu Gaien, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get great views at Daiba Park, then stroll around Jonanjima SeasidePark, and finally walk around Rinshinomori Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Classes · Tours · Historic Sites

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ryugu Park and Fun2Drive. Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine (in Fujiyoshida) and Shimoda (Iritahama Beach, Kisami Ohama Beach, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, cruise along Otome Toge, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and walk around Onshi Hakone Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi road trip app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in September, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (70°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chichi-jima.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Chichi-jima

— 3 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Mae Beach and Tobiuo Pier.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Chichi-jima route maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hakone-machi to Chichi-jima. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hakone-machi in September, with highs in Chichi-jima at 86°F and lows at 78°F. On the 12th (Sun), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Chichi-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Japan Wonder Travel and Asakusa Shrine. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Kinchakuda Manjushage Park in Hidaka, approximately Hidaka away. See some other sides of Tokyo: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo attractions planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Chichi-jima to Tokyo in 25 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chichi-jima in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 81°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sado.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Tours · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Sado

— 3 nights
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine and Senkakuwan. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Toki no Mori Park, contemplate the long history of Doyu no Warito, see the interesting displays at Kirarium Sado, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Daizen Shrine No Stage.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sado trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Sado takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Sado sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Niigata.

Things to do in Sado

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Niigata

— 2 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ichishima Sake Brewery, get to know the fascinating history of Akatani Cycling Road, then explore the activities along Fukushima-gata, then visit Pia Bandai, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Befco Bakauke Observatory Room. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Niigata Station Chuken Tama Ko Statue, stop by Ponshukan Niigata Station, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Niigata Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nishikaigan Park.

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You can drive from Sado to Niigata in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daytime highs in Niigata are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Toyooka.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Toyooka

— 2 nights
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Toyooka Fukkokenchikugun, see the interesting displays at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yabu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shisho Shrine, then explore the activities along Takeno Coast, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onsenji Temple. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Takeda Castle Ruins, make a trip to Awaga Shrine, don't miss a visit to Hachigoro's Tojima Wetland, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Toyooka tour itinerary builder site.

Fly from Niigata to Toyooka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Toyooka can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Miyazu.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Miyazu

— 2 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Amanohashidate and Kyotango Municipal Museum of The Ancient City of Tango. Get out of town with these interesting Miyazu side-trips: Tateiwa (in Kyotango), Maizuru (Kitasui Tunnel, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Helicopter Squadron 23rd, &more) and Ine-cho (Ine no Funaya & Mukai Shuzo). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Amanohashidate View Land, don't miss a visit to Mt. Nariai Lookout, admire the sheer force of Kanabiki Waterfall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Miyazu Catholic Church.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyazu online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Miyazu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyazu

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kamogawa River and Sanzen-in Temple. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Miyazu to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Miyazu in September, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums

Hakodate

— 4 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Onuma Lake and Hachimanzaka. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Trappist Monasteries (in Hokuto) and Nanae-cho (Komagatake Shrine, Onuma Quasi-National Park, &more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Motomachi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Motomachi Catholic Church, don't miss a visit to Cha Cha Nobori Daisan-saka, and contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate online trip planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Hakodate in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kyoto in October, with highs in Hakodate at 60°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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 6th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Hokuchin Memorial Museum, meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, get to know the fascinating history of Asahidake Natural Hiking Route, then cruise along Shujitsu no Oka, then stroll around Higashikagura Forest Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Asahiyama Miura Garden. Keep things going the next day: walk around Arashiyama Park, stroll around Hoppo Yasoen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikawa Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Asahikawashi Museum, then don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station, and finally make a trip to Kibana no Mori.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Asahikawa driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hakodate to Asahikawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive; or take a train. When traveling from Hakodate in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Asahikawa: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Wakkanai.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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 8th (Fri): trek along Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu no Mon Course, make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome, make a trip to Cape Noshappu, then take in panoramic vistas at Hamayuchi Rest House (Kohone House), then take a memorable drive along Yuhigaoka Parking Area, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hyosetsu no Mon Gate.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Wakkanai trip builder website.

You can drive from Asahikawa to Wakkanai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in October: highs in Wakkanai hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Rebun-cho.

Things to do in Wakkanai

Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive · Parks

Rebun-cho

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Takayama Botanical Garden, explore the activities along Kushu Lake, don't miss a visit to Cape Gorota, make a trip to Todojima Obsevatory, then take some stellar pictures from Sukoton Cape, and finally look for gifts at Shima no Hito Rebun Island Honten. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Momodai Nekodai Observatory, take in the dramatic natural features at Neko Iwa Rock, then explore the striking landscape at Jizoiwa, then enjoy breathtaking views from Momoiwa Observation Deck, and finally don't miss a visit to Kita no Canaria Park.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Rebun-cho fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Wakkanai to Rebun-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rishiri-cho.

Things to do in Rebun-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Rishiri-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rishiri, make a trip to Kamui Kaigan Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Peshi Misaki Observatory, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Pon, then make a trip to Rishirito Natural Recreation Forest Hokuroku Camp Site, and finally make a trip to Longevity Fountain. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Rishiri Shima no Eki, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Rishiri Fureai Onsen, contemplate the waterfront views at Kanro Spring Water, head off the coast to Rishiri Island, then explore the activities along Himenuma, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Himenuma Observatory.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rishiri-cho tour planner.

Getting from Rebun-cho to Rishiri-cho by journey takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In October, daily temperatures in Rishiri-cho can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Rishiri-cho

Nature · 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 13th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, then stroll around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, and finally walk around Maruyama Park. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, explore the activities along Lake Jozan, then walk around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, then explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Sapporo tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Rishiri-cho to Sapporo with the Route module. In October, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Tokyo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), then let your taste buds guide you at Best Experience Japan, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 72°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Shiroyama and Temmonkan Mujyaki. Get out of town with these interesting Kagoshima side-trips: Minamikyushu (Sebira Park, Chiran Heiwa Park, &more) and Ibusuki (Fushime Coast & JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park.

Find out how to plan Kagoshima trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Fly from Tokyo to Kagoshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, make a trip to Wilson Stump, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, and finally don't miss a visit to Diosugi.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho road trip app.

You can fly from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Kagoshima in October, Yakushima-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Tokyo

— 5 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Best Experience Japan and Tokyo Localized - Free Walking Tour in Tokyo & More. Venture out of the city with trips to Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima), Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) (in Kamakura) and Yokosuka (Memorial Warships Mikasa & Verny Park). Explore Tokyo further: enjoy some diversion at teamLab☆Planets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, get a sense of history and politics at Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse), and admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip maker.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Tokyo by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 72°F and lows are around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips