29 days in East Asia Itinerary

29 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Hachinohe
— 4 nights
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Morioka
— 3 nights
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Niigata
— 3 nights
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Sendai
— 5 nights
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Yamagata
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, Tokyo is little chillier than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. You'll set off for Hakodate on the 18th (Tue).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Trappistine Monasteries, Motomachi, Hakodate Meiji-kan, and other attractions. The adventure continues: make a trip to Hachimanzaka, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, and look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hakodate road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hakodate takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in October, with highs in Hakodate at 18°C and lows at 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for Hachinohe.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

Hachinohe

— 4 nights
Tourism in Hachinohe centers around the port city's scenic coastline, lively food markets, and picturesque island with thousands of black-tailed gulls.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Samekado Lighthouse, Ashigezaki Lookout, YS Arena Hachinohe, and other attractions. It doesn't end there: make a trip to Hachinohe Yatai Village Mirokuyokocho.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hachinohe trip planning website.

Drive from Hakodate to Hachinohe in 5 hours. Traveling from Hakodate in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hachinohe, with lows around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Morioka.

Things to do in Hachinohe

Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:

Morioka

— 3 nights
The city of Morioka sits against a mountainous backdrop, framed by two main rivers.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ando Jozo Brewery Honten, Kakunodate Samurai House Museum, Semboku Tourist Information Center Kakunodate Ekimae Kura, and other attractions you added. It doesn't end there: walk around Iwate Park (Koen).

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Morioka itinerary planner.

Drive from Hachinohe to Morioka in 2 hours. In October in Morioka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Niigata.

Things to do in Morioka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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Niigata

— 3 nights
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 28th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yahiko Shrine and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Northern Culture Museum, visit Pia Bandai, then enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, and finally take in the views from Bandai Bridge.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Niigata travel route planner.

Take a train from Morioka to Niigata in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Morioka in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Niigata, with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Niigata

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:

Sendai

— 5 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Shiroishi Castle, Shiroishi Station Tourist Information Center, Miyagi Zao Fox Village, and other attractions. Change things up with a short trip to Matsushima Bay in Matsushima-machi (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the verdant scenery at Rairaikyo Gorge and make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sendai day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Niigata to Sendai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Sendai are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You'll set off for Yamagata on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Sendai

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 5:

Yamagata

— 3 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yamagata: Tsuruoka (Mt. Haguro & Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, admire the striking features of Bunshokan, and take in nature's colorful creations at Safflower Field of Takase.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yamagata trip planner.

You can take a train from Sendai to Yamagata in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sendai in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Yamagata. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:

Tokyo

— 5 nights
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. See some other sides of Tokyo: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online road trip planner.

You can fly from Yamagata to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yamagata in November; daily highs in Tokyo reach 19°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 13:

Aomori Prefecture travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums
Aomori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region. The capital is the city of Aomori.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Aomori prefecture was known as the northern part of Mutsu Province.During the Edo period the Hirosaki clan began building a seaport at the current city of Aomori. There were green woods near the city which were used as landmarks for the ships that came into port. These green woods called aoi-mori is where Aomori got its name. The prefecture came into existence in 1871. The town of Aomori was established in 1889. The town was incorporated as a city in 1898 with a population of 28,000. On May 3, 1910, a fire broke out in the Yasukata district. Fanned by strong winds, the fire quickly devastated the whole city. The conflagration claimed 26 lives and injured a further 160 residents. It destroyed 5,246 houses and burnt 19 storage sheds and 157 warehouses. At 10:30 p.m. on July 28, 1945, a squadron of American B29 bombers bombed over 90% of the city.Radio Aomori (RAB) made its first broadcast in 1951. Four years later, the first fish auctions were held. 1958 saw the completion of the Municipal Fish Market as well as the opening of the Citizen's Hospital. In the same year, the Tsugaru Line established a rail connection with Minmaya Village at the tip of the peninsula.

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Iwate Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Iwate Prefecture is a prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan. Located on the main island of Honshu, it contains the island's easternmost point. The capital is Morioka. Iwate has the lowest population density of any prefecture outside Hokkaido. Famous attractions include the Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi, including Chūson-ji and Mōtsū-ji with their treasures, Fujiwara no Sato, a movie lot and theme park in Esashi Ward, Oshu City, Tenshochi, a park in Kitakami City known for its big, old cherry trees and Morioka Castle in Morioka City.NameThere are several theories about the origin of the name "Iwate", but the most well known is the tale Oni no tegata, which is associated with the Mitsuishi or "Three Rocks" Shrine in Morioka. These rocks are said to have been thrown down into Morioka by an eruption of Mt. Iwate. According to the legend, there was once a devil who often tormented and harassed the local people. When the people prayed to the spirits of Mitsuishi for protection, the devil was immediately shackled to these rocks and forced to make a promise never to trouble the people again. As a seal of his oath, the devil made a handprint on one of the rocks, thus giving rise to the name Iwate, literally "rock hand". Even now after a rainfall it is said that the devil's hand print can still be seen there.

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Yamagata Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Yamagata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on Honshu island. Its capital is Yamagata.HistoryThe aboriginal Ezo people once inhabited the area now known as Yamagata. Yamagata and Akita Prefecture were known as Dewa Province until the Meiji Restoration.During the Heian Period (794–1185), the family ruled the area. Yamagata City flourished during the Edo Period (1603–1867) due to its status as a castle town and post station, famous for beni (red safflower dye used in the production of handspun silk). In 1689, the famous haiku poet, Matsuo Bashō visited Yamagata during his five-month trip to the northern regions of Japan.GeographyYamagata Prefecture is located in the southwest corner of Tōhoku, facing the Sea of Japan. It borders Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture on the south, Miyagi Prefecture on the east, and Akita Prefecture on the north. All of these boundaries are marked by mountains, with most of the population residing in a limited central plain.

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