58 days in East Asia Itinerary

58 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Otaru
— 3 nights
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Sendai
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 11 nights
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Miyazu
— 2 nights
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Toyooka
— 3 nights
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Asago
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Yokohama (Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Yokohama Chinatown, &more) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more). And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planning site.

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. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Hakodate

— 3 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Hakodate is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, test the waters at a local thermal spa, and get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Hakodate reach 60°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 7th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Silo Viewing Platform, then explore the activities along Lake Toya, then make a trip to Cape Chikyu, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Muroran Hachimangu Shrine. On the next day, stroll around Sengen Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, get to know the resident critters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, take in the natural beauty of Oyunuma, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Noboribetsu day trip planning site.

You can drive from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daytime highs in Noboribetsu are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Otaru.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Otaru: Yoichi-cho (Asadaen Farm & Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Otaru Canal, steep yourself in history at The Site of Temiya Line, examine the collection at Syusenkan, and pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Otaru trip planner.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Otaru in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Sendai.

Things to do in Otaru

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Sendai

— 3 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matsushima-machi (Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, Zuiganji, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sendai Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osaki Hachiman Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, and pause for some photo ops at Zuihoden.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sendai travel route planning tool.

You can take a train from Otaru to Sendai in 9 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, Sendai is somewhat warmer than Otaru - with highs of 65°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 3 nights
On the 16th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art, and finally explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sendai in October, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 11 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Otsu (Ritsuin Temple & Enryaku-ji Yokawachudo). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Arashiyama, indulge your senses at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Miyazu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Miyazu

— 2 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
On the 29th (Fri), make a trip to Manai Shrine, then stroll around Kasamatsu Park, and then explore the activities along Amanohashidate. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Kaisenkyo Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Amanohashidate View Land, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Motoise Konojinja Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Ine no Funaya, and finally take in the waterfront at Aso No Funaya.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Miyazu trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Miyazu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for slightly colder days in Miyazu, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Toyooka

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Toyooka side-trips: Tottori (Lift, Sakyu Center, Tottori Sand Dunes, &more) and Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki (in Kami-cho). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan, get to know the resident critters at Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork, don't miss a visit to Hachigoro's Tojima Wetland, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Kinosaki Marine World.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Toyooka trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Miyazu to Toyooka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Toyooka are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Asago.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Asago

— 2 nights
Asago is a city located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.The modern city of Asago was established on April 1, 2005, from the merger of the former town of Asago absorbing the towns of Ikuno, Santō and Wadayama (all from Asago District).As of April 30, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 31,248, with 12,355 households, and a population density of 82.52 persons per km². On the 3rd (Wed), head outdoors with Ritsuun Gorge and then look for gifts at Kaisen Sembei Tajima. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Tarumino Ozakura, take in the dramatic scenery at Tendaki Falls, hit the slopes at Hachi Highlands, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yabu Shrine, and finally make a trip to Takeda Castle Ruins.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Asago trip planner.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Asago takes an hour. In November, daytime highs in Asago are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Asago

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Himeji

— 3 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 5th (Fri), make a trip to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then make a trip to Otemae Street, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji day trip site.

You can drive from Asago to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka

— 4 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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Koya-cho (Ichijo-in Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, take in the pleasant sights at Ukiyokoji Street, and visit Dotombori District.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka vacation planning app.

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 12th (Fri), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. Enjoy Tokyo some more: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the natural beauty at Rikugien Garden, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, and shop like a local with Takeshita Street.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip app.

Fly from Osaka to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 15th (Mon), you're off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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 find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, Lake Kawaguchi, &more), Fujinomiya Route (in Fujinomiya) and Imamiya Tea Plantation (in Fuji). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer 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 take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 50°F. You will leave for Tokyo on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 6 nights
Enjoy Tokyo some more: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary website.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites