55 days in East Asia Itinerary

55 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kusatsu-machi
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Matsuyama
— 4 nights
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Beppu
— 3 nights
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Yufu
— 3 nights
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Kobe
— 6 nights
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Toyooka
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 11 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
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Tokyo — 3 nights

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, don't miss a visit to Hachiko, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly to Noboribetsu.
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Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

Noboribetsu — 4 nights

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Change things up with these side-trips from Noboribetsu: Mount Tarumae (in Tomakomai), Chitose (Royce' Chocolate World & Lake Shikotsu) and Cape Chikyu (in Muroran). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, enjoy breathtaking views from Silo Viewing Platform, and explore by horseback at Lake Toya Ranch.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Noboribetsu travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Noboribetsu in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, Noboribetsu is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 58°F and lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 4 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and Yokohama (Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Yamashita Park, &more). Explore Tokyo further: engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), and make a trip to Shinjuku Golden Gai.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo tour planning app.

You can fly from Noboribetsu to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Noboribetsu in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 72°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kusatsu-machi.
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Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:

Kusatsu-machi — 3 nights

Explore Kusatsu-machi's surroundings by going to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi), Kaminaridaki Falls (in Takayama-mura) and Shibukawa (Ikaho Shrine, Ikaho Stone Steps, &more).

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kusatsu-machi road trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Kusatsu-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in November; daily highs in Kusatsu-machi reach 54°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Tokyo — 1 night

On the 4th (Fri), engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, walk around Meiji Jingu Gaien, then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo driving holiday site.

You can drive from Kusatsu-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kusatsu-machi in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 62°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Matsuyama.
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Matsuyama — 4 nights

Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsuyama: Onomichi (Neko no Hosomichi, Senkoji & Senkoji Park, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, step off the mainland to explore Nogutsunajima Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, and don't miss a visit to Hojo Kashima.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Matsuyama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Beppu.
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Beppu — 3 nights

The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Venture out of the city with trips to Usa (African Safari, Usajingu Shrine Jogu, &more). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, make a trip to Chinoike Jigoku, contemplate the waterfront views at Shidakako Lake, and find something for the whole family at Centleisure Kiijima Highlands Park.

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

You can drive from Matsuyama to Beppu in 4.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yufu.
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Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:

Yufu — 3 nights

Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takachiho-cho (Takachiho Shrine, Takachiho Gorge, &more), Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge (in Kokonoe-machi) and Daikanbo Overlook (in Aso). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu, get to know the fascinating history of Yufuin Area, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin, and stop by Wahaha.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yufu trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Beppu to Yufu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Yufu are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kobe.
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Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:

Kobe — 6 nights

Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Kobe side-trips: Himeji (Himeji Castle, Koko-en, &more), Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda) and Naruto (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Otsuka Museum of Art, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and stroll around Expo '70 Commemorative Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe day trip planning app.

You can fly from Yufu to Kobe in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Toyooka.
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Find places to stay Nov 15 — 21:

Toyooka — 3 nights

A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Explore Toyooka's surroundings by going to Amanohashidate (in Miyazu), Tottori (Tottori Sand Dunes, The Sand Museum, &more) and Ine no Funaya (in Ine-cho). The adventure continues: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, stroll around Genbudo Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, and make a trip to Takeda Castle Ruins.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Toyooka tour planning tool.

You can drive from Kobe to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. November in Toyooka sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

Kyoto — 11 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Byodoin (in Uji) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

You can fly from Toyooka to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Hakone-machi.
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Find places to stay Nov 24 — Dec 5:

Hakone-machi — 3 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Hakone-machi is known for museums, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Hakone-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 45°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 5 nights

Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 9th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. See even more of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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