60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Aomori
— 2 nights
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Hirosaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
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Takayama
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Shirahama-cho
— 1 night
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Otoyo-cho
— 1 night
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Matsue
— 4 nights
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Miyazaki
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
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Sapporo

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Yotei and Shakotan Peninsula. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shinsennuma and Oyunuma. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath (in Noboribetsu), Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, and contemplate the waterfront views at Moerenuma Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary builder website.

Vienna, Austria to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Sapporo is 8 hours. Traveling from Vienna in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, and then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Onuma Quasi-National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Onuma Lake.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate day trip website.

Fly from Sapporo to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

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 9th (Fri): admire the striking features of Sannai-Maruyama Site, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then see the interesting displays at Shayokan. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aomori Asamushi Aquarium, admire the landmark architecture of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, and then admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Aomori trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Hakodate to Aomori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. September in Aomori sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Baths · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Hirosaki

— 5 nights
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tachineputa No Yakata and Mt. Iwaki. Step out of the city life by going to Choshi Otaki Waterfall and Lake Juniko. Venture out of the city with trips to Nihon Canyon (in Fukaura-machi), Towada (Oirase Gorge & Towada Art Center) and Tomeyama (in Happo-cho). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle, stroll around Hirosaki Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase River.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hirosaki trip planner.

You can drive from Aomori to Hirosaki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) and Enoshima Island. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art & Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu) and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama). And it doesn't end there: go all around town with City Tours, get in on the family fun at Kamogawa Sea World, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinomiya Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip app.

Getting from Hirosaki to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hirosaki in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Nature · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Nikko

— 5 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Step out of the city life by going to Yunoko Lake and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yomeimon (Main Gate) and Kammangafuchi Gorge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Nasu-machi (Nasu Animal Kingdom & Mount Nasudake) and Utsunomiya (Oya History Museum & Oya temple). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, make a trip to Senjogahara Field, and admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 6 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Visiting Senjojiki Cirque and Tsugaike Natural Park will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Myojin Pond and Akeno Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Suwa Shrine (in Suwa), Hakuba-mura (Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, Happo Pond, &more) and Kurumayama Highland (in Chino). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pond Tashiro, explore the activities along Taisho Pond, contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, and look for all kinds of wild species at Norikura Kogen.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nikko in September since evenings lows in Matsumoto dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama

— 6 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Get outdoors at Mikurigaike Pond and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Explore hidden gems such as Shomyo Falls and Hida Furukawa Old Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Gero Onsen Gassho Village (in Gero), Tateyama-machi (Mt. Tateyama & Kurobe Dam) and Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Gokayama, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, and get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Kurama and Kamogawa River. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Miyazu (Kasamatsu Park & Amanohashidate) and Toba Aquarium (in Toba). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kifune Shrine, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, take a stroll through Pontocho District, and take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel route planning website.

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirahama-cho

— 1 night
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens and then stroll through Shirarahama Beach.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Shirahama-cho tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Shirahama-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Shirahama-cho when traveling from Kyoto in October, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Otoyo-cho.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Baths · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Otoyo-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Otoyo-cho trip planning app.

Drive from Shirahama-cho to Otoyo-cho in 6.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Otoyo-cho are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Otoyo-cho

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours
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Matsue

— 4 nights
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Escape the urban bustle at Daisen and Shinji Lake. Step off the beaten path and head to Miho Shrine and Shimane Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsue: Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi), Daisen Makiba Milk no Sato (in Hoki-cho) and Mizuki Shigeru Museum (in Sakaiminato). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Yuushien Garden, make a trip to Former Taisha Station, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Matsue holiday site.

Traveling by car from Otoyo-cho to Matsue takes 4.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Otoyo-cho in October: high temperatures in Matsue hover around 24°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Miyazaki

— 4 nights
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Step out of the city life by going to Manai Falls and Aoshima Island. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horikiri Pass and Nichinan Coast. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Miyazaki: Takachiho-cho (Takachiho Gorge, Amano Yasugawara, &more) and Udo Shrine (in Nichinan). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Onino Sentakuita and take in the spiritual surroundings of Aoshima Shrine.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Miyazaki driving holiday tool.

Fly from Matsue to Miyazaki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Matsue in October since evenings lows in Miyazaki dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 6 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.
Visiting Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort and Hashima Island will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to 26 Martyrs Museum and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Sakitsu Catholic Church (in Amakusa) and Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara (in Sasebo). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, and take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip website.

You can drive from Miyazaki to Nagasaki in 5 hours. In October in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.

Tohoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Bodies of Water
Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.

Kanto travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Nearly synonymous with Tokyo and its suburban sprawl, the region of Kanto encompasses many historical sites, hot springs, semitropical islands, and picturesque mountains. Predictably, most tours of Kanto begin and end in Tokyo, which serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby national parks, ancient temples, and grand monuments reminding visitors of Japan's shogun era. During feudal times, Kanto reigned as the center of political and military power; today, the area represents one of the country's tourism hubs. As you plan your Kanto itinerary, be sure to include a stop in Kamakura, a small temple town filled with notable cultural treasures.

Chubu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
In the middle of Japan's largest island, the region of Chubu remains best known for its picturesque natural scenery and numerous hot springs. The region contains the rugged Japanese Alps, which separate the country's sunny Pacific from the snowy Sea of Japan side. Thanks to this high mountain range, most vacations in Chubu include skiing in the cold months and hiking in the warmer part of the year. Don't miss a tour of Mount Fuji, Japan's enduring symbol and a hugely popular attraction, both for climbing and viewing. When you need to add some urban flair to your Chubu itinerary, the large city of Nagoya holds plenty of appeal with museums, shrines, and parks.

Kansai travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.

Shikoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.

Chugoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The western portion of the island of Honshu, Chugoku features two distinct seacoasts. The area along the Seto Inland Sea represents one of Japan's most industrialized and urbanized sections, while the coastline lapped by the Sea of Japan remains more rural--as well as less touristy. Both areas offer plenty of vacation ideas in Chugoku, with pilgrimages to see over 30 historic temples among the most popular things to do here. The region also contains Hiroshima, which is not only the site of the infamous atomic bombing, but also a modern urban center with a busy nightlife and a cosmopolitan atmosphere that appeals to foreign tourists.

Kyushu travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Enthusiastic shutterbugs and lovers of all things picturesque often choose to tour Kyushu-Okinawa on one of the island's epic train trips, leading through a landscape shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. With mild winters, warm summers, and plenty of developed beaches, the region offers a wealth of marine sports and recreation. Those with relaxation on their mind take a vacation in Kyushu-Okinawa for a chance to explore some of Japan's finest onsens, in which pristine nature meets modern amenities for an unforgettable tourist experience.