36 days in Busan & Japan Itinerary

36 days in Busan & Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
2
Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
3
Nagasaki, Japan
— 1 night
4
Kumamoto, Japan
— 1 night
5
Kagoshima, Japan
— 1 night
6
Miyazaki, Japan
— 1 night
7
Yufu, Japan
— 1 night
8
Kitakyushu, Japan
— 1 night
9
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
10
Matsuyama, Japan
— 1 night
11
Takamatsu, Japan
— 1 night
12
Okayama, Japan
— 1 night
13
Tottori, Japan
— 1 night
14
Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
15
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
16
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
17
Kanazawa, Japan
— 1 night
18
Nagano, Japan
— 1 night
19
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
20
Niigata, Japan
— 1 night
21
Sakata, Japan
— 1 night
22
Akita, Japan
— 1 night
23
Morioka, Japan
— 1 night
24
Aomori, Japan
— 1 night
25
Hakodate, Japan
— 1 night
26
Noboribetsu, Japan
— 1 night
27
Sapporo, Japan
— 3 nights

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Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Geumjung Mt. fortress, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally get outside with Haeundae Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Busan road trip planner.

Seoul to Busan is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seoul in October: highs in Busan hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Beomeosa Temple ©
Beomeosa Temple
Geumjung Mt. fortress ©
Geumjung Mt. fortress

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Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tenjin Underground Shopping Center as well as Dazaifu Tenman-gu. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and then stroll around Momochi Seaside Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka vacation website.

Getting from Busan to Fukuoka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In October, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center ©
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Momochi Seaside Park ©
Momochi Seaside Park

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Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
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.
You've added Inasayama Observation Deck, Ōura Church, Dejima, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): examine the collection at Dejima, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ōura Church, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Nagasaki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Ōura Church ©
Ōura Church
Shinchi Chinatown ©
Shinchi Chinatown
Dejima ©
Dejima

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Kumamoto, Japan

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kumamon Square, Suizenji Jojuen Garden, Sakuranobaba Johsaien, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): go for a walk through Kumamoto Castle, get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, then take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Kumamon Square.

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Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Kumamoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagasaki in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kumamoto, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien
Kumamon Square ©
Kumamon Square

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Kagoshima, Japan

Kagoshima ©
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shiroyama Observatory as well as Sengan-en. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en and then take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima route planner.

Getting from Kumamoto to Kagoshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Shiroyama Observatory ©
Shiroyama Observatory

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Miyazaki, Japan

Miyazaki ©
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Aoshima Shrine, Heiwadai Park and Udo Shrine. On the 3rd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Udo Shrine, stroll around Heiwadai Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aoshima Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Miyazaki online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kagoshima to Miyazaki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Miyazaki can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Udo Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Udo Shrine ©
Udo Shrine
Aoshima Shrine ©
Aoshima Shrine
Heiwadai Park ©
Heiwadai Park

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Yufu, Japan

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Yufuin Onsen as well as Lake Kinrin. On the 4th (Sun), explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, get to know the fascinating history of Yufuin Area, and then take in the natural beauty of Yufuin Onsen.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yufu trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Miyazaki to Yufu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Yufu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Yufuin Onsen ©
Yufuin Onsen
Yufuin Area ©
Yufuin Area
Lake Kinrin ©
Lake Kinrin

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Kitakyushu, Japan

Kitakyushu ©
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kokura Station Building as well as Tanga Ichiba. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Old Kyushu Railroad Head Quarters, examine the collection at Kyushu Railway History Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Kokura Castle, then look for gifts at Tanga Ichiba, and finally don't miss a visit to Kokura Station Building.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kitakyushu road trip planning tool.

Drive from Yufu to Kitakyushu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Kitakyushu are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Kokura Castle ©
Kokura Castle
Kyushu Railway History Museum ©
Kyushu Railway History Museum
Tanga Ichiba ©
Tanga Ichiba

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Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Atomic Bomb Dome as well as Itsukushima Shrine. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima holiday maker.

Getting from Kitakyushu to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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Matsuyama, Japan

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dogo Onsen Honkan. On the 7th (Wed), walk around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isaniwa Shrine, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Dogo Onsen Honkan.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Matsuyama trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by ferry from Hiroshima to Matsuyama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Isaniwa Shrine ©
Isaniwa Shrine
Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle) ©
Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle)

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Takamatsu, Japan

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, then explore the historical opulence of Takamatsu Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Negoroji Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Takamatsu trip builder site.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsuyama in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Takamatsu, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Negoroji Temple ©
Negoroji Temple
Takamatsu Castle ©
Takamatsu Castle
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village

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Okayama, Japan

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter as well as Okayama Korakuen Garden. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, and then get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Okayama trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Takamatsu to Okayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Tottori.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

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Tottori, Japan

Tottori ©
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
On the 10th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Ochidani Shrine Main Hall, see the interesting displays at Watanabe Art Museum, then make a trip to Jinpu-kaku Hall, then contemplate the long history of Tottori Castle Ruins, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kannonin.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tottori online holiday planner.

Drive from Okayama to Tottori in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Tottori sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Tottori

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Kannonin ©
Kannonin
Tottori Castle Ruins ©
Tottori Castle Ruins
Watanabe Art Museum ©
Watanabe Art Museum

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Himeji, Japan

Himeji ©
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 11th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Shrine, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, make a trip to Himeji Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, and finally engage your brain at Himeji Science Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Himeji road trip site.

You can drive from Tottori to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

Takasago
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kashima Shrine ©
Kashima Shrine
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

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Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, and finally stroll around Nakanoshima Park. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip site.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Togetsukyo Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, and finally steep yourself in history at Shima.

Before you visit Kanazawa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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Nagano, Japan

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiho-ji Temple, then head outdoors with Kita Yatsuga-take, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chokokuji, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsushiro Castle.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagano route maker tool.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Nagano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, you will find days in Nagano are little chillier (14°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Kita Yatsuga-take
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Kita Yatsuga-take ©
Kita Yatsuga-take
Matsushiro Castle ©
Matsushiro Castle
Chokokuji ©
Chokokuji

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Tokyo, Japan

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.
Visit Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Hase-dera Temple). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Ueno District, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo travel planner.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Niigata.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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Niigata, Japan

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 23rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine, steep yourself in history at Enkinkan, then examine the collection at Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum, then visit Pia Bandai, and finally explore the world behind art at The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Niigata travel planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Niigata in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Niigata: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Sakata.

Things to do in Niigata

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum ©
Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum
Hakusan Shrine ©
Hakusan Shrine
The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum ©
The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum

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Sakata, Japan

Sakata ©
Sakata is a city located in Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan.As of October 2015, the city has an estimated population of 105,022 and a population density of 174 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaian-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Sakata City Museum, make a trip to Former Honma Family Residence, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Hatsumago Shuzo Shiryokan Kura Tambokan, and finally don't miss a visit to Sankyo Soko Storehouse.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sakata trip planner.

You can drive from Niigata to Sakata in 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Sakata are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Akita.

Things to do in Sakata

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Sankyo Soko Storehouse ©
Sankyo Soko Storehouse
Former Honma Family Residence ©
Former Honma Family Residence
Hie Shrine ©
Hie Shrine

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Akita, Japan

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.
On the 25th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Akita Museum Of Art, explore the historical opulence of Kubota Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seitai Hoshikai, and finally get engrossed in the history at Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Akita driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sakata to Akita takes 2 hours. Traveling from Sakata in November, plan for little chillier nights in Akita, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Morioka.

Things to do in Akita

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Kubota Castle ©
Kubota Castle
Seitai Hoshikai ©
Seitai Hoshikai
Akita Museum Of Art ©
Akita Museum Of Art

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Morioka, Japan

Morioka ©
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Morioka Takuboku & Kenji Museum, steep yourself in history at House of Morioka Town, then steep yourself in history at Otaya Shimizu Cold Spring, and finally contemplate the long history of Iwate Park (Koen).

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Morioka travel route planner.

Take a train from Akita to Morioka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Iwate Park (Koen) ©
Iwate Park (Koen)
Otaya Shimizu Cold Spring ©
Otaya Shimizu Cold Spring
House of Morioka Town ©
House of Morioka Town

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Aomori, Japan

Aomori ©
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 27th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Sannai-Maruyama Site, explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Utou Jinja, then get advice or help at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, and finally see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Aomori day trip planning app.

Getting from Morioka to Aomori by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November, daily temperatures in Aomori can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites · Museums
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Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site
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Utou Jinja
Aomori Museum of Art ©
Aomori Museum of Art

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Hakodate, Japan

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.
On the 28th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at St.John's Church Hakodate, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, admire the landmark architecture of Kyu Soma-tei, then get engrossed in the history at Kitajima Saburo Memorial Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate planning site.

You can take a train from Aomori to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In November in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Kyu Soma-tei ©
Kyu Soma-tei
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
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The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

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Noboribetsu, Japan

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then meet the residents at Muroran City Aquarium, and finally contemplate the long history of Former Muroran Station Tourist Information Center.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu journey planner.

Take a train from Hakodate to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Muroran
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Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Oku no Yu ©
Oku no Yu

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Sapporo, Japan

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.
Visit The Site of Temiya Line and Tomioka Catholic Church for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Okurayama Lookout and Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan. Step out of Sapporo to go to Otaru and see Otaru Canal, which is approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Susukino, stroll around Odori Park, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, and take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Sapporo driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Sapporo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in November, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 6°C. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Otaru
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
The Site of Temiya Line ©
The Site of Temiya Line
Susukino ©
Susukino

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