36 days in Busan & Japan Itinerary

36 days in Busan & Japan Itinerary

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36 days in Busan & Japan Itinerary

Start: Seoul, South Korea
Fly:  3​h
1
Busan, South Korea
— 1 night
Ferry:  3​h 15​min
2
Fukuoka, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
3
Nagasaki, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kumamoto, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
5
Kagoshima, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Miyazaki, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  4​h 15​min
7
Yufu, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kitakyushu, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
9
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Matsuyama, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
11
Takamatsu, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
12
Okayama, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
13
Tottori, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
14
Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
15
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
16
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
17
Kanazawa, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
18
Nagano, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
19
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  3​h
20
Niigata, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
21
Sakata, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
22
Akita, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
23
Morioka, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
24
Aomori, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
25
Hakodate, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 15​min
26
Noboribetsu, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
27
Sapporo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  6​h 15​min
End: Seoul, South Korea

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Geumjung Mt. fortress, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Beomeosa Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggung Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Haeundae Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Busan tour itinerary maker website .

Seoul to Busan is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. When traveling from Seoul in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Busan, with highs around 26°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Busan

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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 Temman-gu. On the 2nd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Temman-gu, buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Momochi Seaside Park.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka online holiday planner .

Seoul, South Korea to Fukuoka is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, Fukuoka is a bit warmer than Seoul - with highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Inasayama Observation Deck, Ōura Church, Dejima, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at Dejima, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ōura Church, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel 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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night
Kumamoto, Japan

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
You've added Kumamon Square, Suizenji Jojuen Garden, Sakuranobaba Johsaien, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, then get advice or help at Sakuranobaba Johsaien, then admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and finally enjoy some diversion at Kumamon Square.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kumamoto road trip planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Kumamoto by combination of car and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagasaki in January, plan for little chillier nights in Kumamoto, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Sakuranobaba Johsaien ©
Sakuranobaba Johsaien
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
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 Sakura Jima Ferry, Shiroyama Observatory and Sengan-en Garden. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): go for a walk through Sengan-en Garden, then enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, and then get from here to there with Sakura Jima Ferry.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kagoshima day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) 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

1
night
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 6th (Sun), make a trip to Udo Shrine, stroll through Heiwadai Park, and then don't miss a visit to Aoshima Shrine.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyazaki trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kagoshima to Miyazaki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Miyazaki can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks Historic Sites

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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night
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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Kinrin, relax and rejuvenate at Yufuin Area, and then relax and rejuvenate at Yufuin Onsen.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yufu day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Miyazaki to Yufu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Miyazaki in January: highs in Yufu hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Nature Baths
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 8th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Old Kyushu Railroad Head Quarters, see the interesting displays at Kyushu Railway History Museum, step into the grandiose world of Kokura Castle, then look for gifts at Tanga Ichiba, and finally make a trip to Kokura Station Building.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kitakyushu travel planner.

You can drive from Yufu to Kitakyushu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Kitakyushu are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Kyushu Railway History Museum ©
Kyushu Railway History Museum
Kokura Castle ©
Kokura Castle
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. On the 5th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hiroshima trip simple and quick.

Traveling by train from Kitakyushu to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time 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.
Dogo Onsen Honkan has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): steep yourself in history at 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.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Matsuyama trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by ferry from Hiroshima to Matsuyama takes 3.5 hours. November in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car 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 Onsen Honkan ©
Dogo Onsen Honkan

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, then steep yourself in 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 where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Takamatsu tour planning website .

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Matsuyama in November, Takamatsu is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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 Korakuen Garden. On the 11th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, admire the natural beauty at Korakuen Garden, and then get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.

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

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Okayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Matsuyama in January, with highs in Okayama at 7°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to 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 ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Ochidani Shrine Main Hall, see the interesting displays at Watanabe Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Jinpu-kaku Hall, then contemplate the long history of Tottori Castle Ruins, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kannonin.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tottori vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from Okayama to Tottori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Shrine, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, and finally examine the collection at Himeji Science Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip website .

You can drive from Tottori to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Childrens 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.
On the 12th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, and finally stroll through Nakanoshima Park. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

You can drive from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a 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
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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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): don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, then take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and finally take in the views from Togetsukyo Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto visit planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train 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
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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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.
On the 16th (Fri), see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally take an in-depth tour of Shima.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa vacation builder .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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.
On the 17th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saiho-ji Temple, then get to know the fascinating history of Kita Yatsuga-take, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chokokuji, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsushiro Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagano vacation maker tool .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, you will find days in Nagano are a bit cooler (14°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trip

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

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hase-dera Temple and Ueno. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and make a trip to The Tsukiji Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Nagano - with highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to take a 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
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Enkinkan, then see the interesting displays at Niigata Niitsu Railway Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Niigata trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Niigata by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for slightly colder days in Niigata, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to 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, get engrossed in the history at Sakata City Museum, contemplate the long history of Former Honma Family Residence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at Hatsumago Shuzo Shiryokan Kura Tambokan, and finally contemplate the long history of Sankyo Soko Storehouse.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sakata trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Niigata to Sakata takes 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel 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, then step into the grandiose world of Kubota Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Seitai Hoshikai, and finally take an in-depth tour of Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Akita trip maker .

Getting from Sakata to Akita by car takes about 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Akita when traveling from Sakata in November, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Morioka Takuboku & Kenji Museum, contemplate the long history of House of Morioka Town, contemplate the long history of Otaya Shimizu Cold Spring, then don't miss a visit to Morioka Castle Ruins, and finally stroll through Iwate Park (Koen).

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Morioka itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Akita to Morioka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Morioka can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Aomori.

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Iwate Park (Koen) ©
Iwate Park (Koen)
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Otaya Shimizu Cold Spring
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House of Morioka Town

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Aomori, Japan

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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): get to know the fascinating history of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Utou Jinja, then admire the striking features of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru.

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Traveling by train from Morioka to Aomori takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hakodate.

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Sannai-Maruyama Site
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Utou Jinja

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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.
Kick off your visit 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 striking features of Kyu Soma-tei, then take an in-depth tour of Kitajima Saburo Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hakodate Museum of Northern Peoples, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi.

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Getting from Aomori to Hakodate by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or fly. In November in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.

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Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Motomachi
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Kyu Soma-tei

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Noboribetsu, Japan

Noboribetsu ©
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Oku no Yu, take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Muroran City Aquarium, and finally contemplate the long history of Former Muroran Station Tourist Information Center.

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Traveling by car from Hakodate to Noboribetsu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sapporo.

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Muroran
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Jigokudani
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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.
Get some historical perspective at The Site of Temiya Line and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Explore hidden gems such as Mt. Okura Observatory and Tomioka Catholic Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Museum, Bank of Japan & Otaru Canal). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Odori Park, make a trip to Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower, and wander the streets of Susukino.

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Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Sapporo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Noboribetsu in November, plan for slightly colder days in Sapporo, with highs around 6°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Mon) before leaving for home.

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Otaru
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Odori Park
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The Site of Temiya Line
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Susukino

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