58 days in East Asia Itinerary

58 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Wakkanai
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Train
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Aomori
— 7 nights
Drive
7
Akita
— 5 nights
Train
8
Sendai
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Yamagata
— 5 nights
Fly
10
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly
11
Kanazawa
— 7 nights
Drive
12
Kyoto
— 7 nights

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Sapporo — 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Otaru Canal, &more) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower.

Plan trip to Sapporo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

San Francisco, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Wakkanai.
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Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

Wakkanai — 3 nights

Wind Town

The northernmost city in the country, Wakkanai experiences constant exposure to the elements, with windy and snow-covered winters perhaps its main claim to fame on a national level.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from 100th Year Memorial Tower, walk around Wakkanai Park, appreciate the history behind Hyosetsu no Mon Gate, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Wakkanai City Noshappu Aquarium, then don't miss a visit to Cape Noshappu, and finally walk around Esandomarigyoko Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Wakkanai Footpath Wakkanai Park Hyosetsu no Mon Course, make a trip to Wakkanai Port Kita Bohatei Dome, then hunt for treasures at Wakkanai Fukuko Ichiba, then don't miss a visit to Soya Misaki, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Soya Hill Periglacial Landforms.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wakkanai trip site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Wakkanai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Asahikawa.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Asahikawa — 3 nights

Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Change things up with these side-trips from Asahikawa: Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho), Higashikawa-cho (Asahi-dake, Sugatami no Ike Lake, &more) and Biei-cho (Ken & Mary Tree, Shirogane Blue Pond, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Asahikawa Ekimae, and don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Asahikawa trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Wakkanai to Asahikawa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. In September in Asahikawa, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Noboribetsu.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Noboribetsu — 2 nights

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 16th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, get to know the resident critters at Noboribetsu Bear Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Silo Viewing Platform, then explore the activities along Lake Toya, and finally get impressive views of Showashinzan.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Noboribetsu journey maker website.

Getting from Asahikawa to Noboribetsu by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in September: highs in Noboribetsu hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hakodate.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Hakodate — 3 nights

City of Lights

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.
Hakodate is known for sightseeing, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dosanko Farm Hakodate, hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishizaki Jinushi Kai Shrine.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hakodate trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Aomori.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Aomori — 7 nights

Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Explore Aomori's surroundings by going to Towada (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Choshi Otaki Waterfall, &more), Kuroishi (Nakamachi Komise Street, Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station, &more) and Hirakawa (Neputa Display Hall & Saruka Shrine). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shirakami Sanchi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Saga no Taki Fall, and explore the activities along Jogakura Stream.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Aomori tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Hakodate to Aomori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In September in Aomori, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Akita.
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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 28:

Akita — 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Akita: Nanohana Road (in Ogata-mura), Oga (Namahage Museum & Shinzan Shrine) and Photo Gallery Blue Hole (in Katagami). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Samurai District, get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake, and examine the collection at Yokote Masuda Manga Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Akita trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Aomori to Akita by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. September in Akita sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Sendai.
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Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 3:

Sendai — 4 nights

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Get out of town with these interesting Sendai side-trips: Hiraizumi-cho (Motsu-ji Temple, Chuson-ji Temple, &more), Matsushima-machi (Zuiganji, Matsushima Bay, &more) and Gembi Valley (in Ichinoseki). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Yagiyama Zoological Park, take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, browse the different shops at S-Pal Sendai, and admire the verdant scenery at Rairaikyo Gorge.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sendai trip itinerary website.

You can take a train from Akita to Sendai in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Akita in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sendai, with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yamagata.
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Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:

Yamagata — 5 nights

The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Venture out of the city with trips to Uesugi Jinja Shrine (in Yonezawa), Bandai Kogen (in Inawashiro-machi) and Kitashiobara-mura (Goshikinuma Lake & Lake Hibara). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Haguro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ideha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, and explore the striking landscape at Okama Crater.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Yamagata trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Sendai to Yamagata takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sendai in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Yamagata. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:

Tokyo — 7 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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 12th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Ginza, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and stop by Odaiba District.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planning tool.

Fly from Yamagata to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Yamagata in October, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 72°F and 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Oct 12 — 19:

Kanazawa — 7 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Tateyama-machi (Yamazaki Curl & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route), Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Nagase house, &more) and Takayama (Higashiyama Walking Course, Sanmachi Suji, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and make a trip to Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planning app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Oct 19 — 26:

Kyoto — 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, savor the flavors at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation maker app.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 2: