51 days in East Asia Itinerary

51 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Niigata
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Yamagata
— 2 nights
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Sendai
— 2 nights
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Morioka
— 2 nights
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Akita
— 2 nights
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Aomori
— 2 nights
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Hokuto
— 2 nights
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Chitose
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Okayama
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
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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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and see the interesting displays at Quark Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour builder app.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Tokyo. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kanazawa.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Classes
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 21:

Kanazawa — 2 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and then don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Tokyo — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Tokyo Station Marunouchi Ekimae Hiroba and then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

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Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Niigata.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

Niigata — 2 nights

The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yahiko Shrine. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, take in the views from Bandai Bridge, and then take in panoramic vistas at Befco Bakauke Observatory Room.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Niigata trip builder app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Niigata in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 67°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Tokyo — 1 night

On the 26th (Sat), engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder website.

Getting from Niigata to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Yamagata.
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Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Yamagata — 2 nights

The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Bunshokan, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sugawa Onsen Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yamagata trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Yamagata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in September, you will find days in Yamagata are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for Sendai.
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Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Sendai — 2 nights

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 29th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue and then don't miss a visit to Sendai Station. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Zuihoden, step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, and then steep yourself in history at Osaki Hachiman Shrine.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sendai road trip planning tool.

Take a train from Yamagata to Sendai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 70°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Thu) before leaving for Morioka.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

Morioka — 2 nights

The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
On the 1st (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Koiwai Farm. On the next day, admire the striking features of Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building, don't miss a visit to Rock-breaking Cherry Tree, and then stroll around Iwate Park (Koen).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Morioka vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Sendai to Morioka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sendai in October since evenings lows in Morioka dip to 51°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Akita.
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Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Akita — 2 nights

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 3rd (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art and then see the interesting displays at Shoji Taro Ongakukan. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, take in nature's colorful creations at Senshu Park, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Akita Station Building Topico.

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Traveling by train from Morioka to Akita takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 49°F. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aomori.
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Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

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.
On the 5th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Sannai-Maruyama Site. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, admire the striking features of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, and then admire the striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse.

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You can take a train from Akita to Aomori in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Aomori can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hokuto.
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Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Hokuto — 2 nights

Hokuto is a city in the center of the Oshima Subprefecture in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the activities along Onuma Lake and then don't miss a visit to Michi-no-Eki Shikabe Geyser Park. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Akamatsu Highway, get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path, and then stroll around Onuma Quasi-National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hokuto road trip planner.

You can take a train from Aomori to Hokuto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Hokuto can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Chitose.
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Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Chitose — 2 nights

With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
On the 9th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Hello Kitty Happy Flight and then have some family-friendly fun at Doraemon Wakuwaku Sky Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Shikotsu, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chitose online holiday planner.

You can take a train from Hokuto to Chitose in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Hokuto in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 39°F in Chitose. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Tokyo — 3 nights

On the next day, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, wander the streets of Akihabara, and then have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Chitose to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. When traveling from Chitose in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 72°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for Nagoya.
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Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Fun & Games
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

Nagoya — 2 nights

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine and then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, and then take in panoramic vistas at Chubu Denryoku MIRAI TOWER.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Nagoya trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Nagoya by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 61°F. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:

Kyoto — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sun) before leaving for Osaka.
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Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

Osaka — 2 nights

Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and then take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for Okayama.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

Okayama — 2 nights

A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, and then explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In October in Okayama, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 56°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Thu) before leaving for Hiroshima.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 61°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for Fukuoka.
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Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

Fukuoka — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the striking features of Hakata Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohori Park, then browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip planning website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kagoshima.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

Kagoshima — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): examine the collection at Museum of the Meiji Restoration and then enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory. On your second day here, go for a walk through Sengan-en and then don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Chuo Station.

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Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In October in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 59°F at night. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Tokyo — 6 nights

Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone Stone‐paved Road, &more). See even more of Tokyo: wander the streets of Ginza, appreciate the history behind Hachiko, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, and shop like a local with Takeshita Street.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Tokyo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 3: