34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Narita
— 1 night
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
3
Sendai
— 1 night
4
Morioka
— 1 night
5
Hakodate
— 1 night
6
Sapporo
— 3 nights
7
Abashiri
— 2 nights
8
Sapporo
— 1 night
9
Aomori
— 2 nights
10
Semboku
— 2 nights
11
Akita
— 1 night
12
Tsuruoka
— 1 night
13
Yamagata
— 1 night
14
Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
15
Niigata
— 1 night
16
Yahiko-mura
— 1 night
17
Joetsu
— 1 night
18
Tokyo
— 7 nights

1
night
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
On the 23rd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Naritasan Omote Sando, thencontemplate the long history of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Three-storied Pagoda, and finally walk around Naritasan Park.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Narita online attractions planner.

Saint Louis, USA to Narita is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Saint Louis in October since evenings lows in Narita dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando
Naritasan Park ©
Naritasan Park

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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've now added Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'' to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Yokohama (Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo & Takanashi Milk Rose Garden). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, contemplate the long history of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ninomaru Garden.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online travel route planner.

You can drive from Narita to Tokyo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Yokohama, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

1
night
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sendai Uminomori Aquarium, Rinnoji Temple and Gokoku Shrine. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, explore the galleries of Aoba Castle Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Gokoku Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Rinnoji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Osaki Hachiman Shrine.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sendai attractions site.

Getting from Tokyo to Sendai by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Sendai, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Morioka.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Osaki Hachiman Shrine ©
Osaki Hachiman Shrine
Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden
Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple

1
night
Morioka

Morioka ©
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ryusendo Limestone Cave as well as Asabiraki. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): admire the striking features of Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building and then sample the tasty concoctions at Asabiraki.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Morioka journey planner.

You can take a train from Sendai to Morioka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sendai in October, Morioka is little chillier at night with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Morioka

Nature Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Ryusendo Limestone Cave
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Ryusendo Limestone Cave ©
Ryusendo Limestone Cave
Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building ©
Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building
Asabiraki ©
Asabiraki

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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 30th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Goryokaku Tower and then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Morioka to Hakodate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Morioka in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of °F in Hakodate. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
You've now added Moerenuma Park to your itinerary. On the 30th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Tanukikoji Shopping Street, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and then browse the exhibits of Minapa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Odori Park, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, thenadmire the striking features of Former Numata Family Warehouse, and finally explore the activities along Moerenuma Park.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hakodate in October: highs in Sapporo hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. You'll set off for Abashiri on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Mt. Moiwa ©
Mt. Moiwa
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

2
nights
Abashiri

Abashiri ©
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Tentozan Viewing Platform has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Abashiri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Abashiri Prison Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Abashiri Prison, thenexamine the collection at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tentozan Viewing Platform.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Abashiri day trip app.

Getting from Sapporo to Abashiri by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Abashiri when traveling from Sapporo in November, with lows around °F. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Abashiri

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum ©
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum
Abashiri Prison Museum ©
Abashiri Prison Museum
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples ©
Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples

1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

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

Getting from Abashiri to Sapporo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Abashiri in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sapporo, with lows around °F. On the 5th (Thu), you're off to Aomori.
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus

2
nights
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
A-FACTORY has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): browse the different shops at A-FACTORY and then stop by Omoide Shop Sakura House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Hirosaki Food Market, Niji no Mart, thenstroll around Hirosaki Park, thenexplore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Former Hirosaki City Library.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Aomori day trip site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Aomori in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Aomori can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. You'll set off for Semboku on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Hirosaki
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Former Hirosaki City Library ©
Former Hirosaki City Library

2
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Semboku

Semboku ©
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
Semboku is known for nature, baths, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, and wander the streets of Samurai District.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Semboku trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Aomori to Semboku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Semboku sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. You'll set off for Akita on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Semboku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Samurai District ©
Samurai District

1
night
Akita

Akita ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Senshu Park and then explore the historical opulence of Kubota Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Akita online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Semboku to Akita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Akita

Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Senshu Park ©
Senshu Park
Kubota Castle ©
Kubota Castle

1
night
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tsuruoka online route maker.

Traveling by car from Akita to Tsuruoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Tsuruoka are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. You'll set off for Yamagata on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:

1
night
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple and then make a trip to Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yamagata trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tsuruoka to Yamagata in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Yamagata, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple

1
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Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
On the 12th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Oyakuen, appreciate the extensive heritage of Iimoriyama, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ugajin-Do Hall, thencontemplate the long history of Sazaedo, and finally steep yourself in history at Sadao Iinuma's Tomb.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Aizuwakamatsu online trip maker.

Drive from Yamagata to Aizuwakamatsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel to Niigata.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Sazaedo ©
Sazaedo
Iimoriyama ©
Iimoriyama
Oyakuen ©
Oyakuen

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Niigata

Niigata ©
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 13th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Niigata Station Chuken Tama Ko Statue, stop by Ponshukan Niigata Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine, thenwalk around Hakusan Park, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, and finally stop by Pia Bandai.

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Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Niigata takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Niigata sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yahiko-mura.

Things to do in Niigata

Wineries Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Hakusan Park ©
Hakusan Park
Ponshukan Niigata Station ©
Ponshukan Niigata Station
Pia Bandai ©
Pia Bandai

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Yahiko-mura

Yahiko-mura ©
On the 14th (Sat), look for gifts at Stock Busters, Tsubame.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yahiko-mura trip planning app.

Getting from Niigata to Yahiko-mura by car takes about an hour. In November, daytime highs in Yahiko-mura are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Joetsu.

Things to do in Yahiko-mura

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Mt. Yahiko, Stock Busters, Tsubame
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Yahiko Park ©
Yahiko Park
Yahiko Shrine ©
Yahiko Shrine
Mt. Yahiko ©
Mt. Yahiko

1
night
Joetsu

Joetsu
To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Joetsu trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Yahiko-mura to Joetsu takes 1.5 hours. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Joetsu

Historic Sites Parks Tours
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've now added Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'' to your itinerary. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Samuraikibun Kamakura, &more). Explore Tokyo further: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, tour the pleasant surroundings at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and stop by Odaiba District.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Drive from Joetsu to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia''
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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