40 days in East Asia Itinerary

40 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner

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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Sendai
— 6 nights
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Akita
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 7 nights
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Osaka

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kasuga Grand Shrine and Koyasan Danjo Garan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Omiwa Shrine and Koyasan Reihokan Museum. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kashihara (Kashihara Jingu & Toyodake Residence), Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda) and Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planning tool.

New York City, USA to Osaka is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Osaka, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 3:

Kyoto

— 8 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple. Kinkaku-ji and Tofuku-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, look for gifts at Ninja Dojo and Store, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 11:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Kencho-ji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa Shrine and Samurai Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more), Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Jindai-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online vacation planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Tokyo are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 18:

Sendai

— 6 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Risshaku-ji Temple and Chuson-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Takkoku no Iwaya and Yudonosan Shrine. Explore Sendai's surroundings by going to Okama Crater (in Zao-machi), Chuson-ji Konjiki-do (in Hiraizumi-cho) and Naruko Valley (in Osaki). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Azuma Kofuji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, steep yourself in history at The ruins of Nihonmatsu Castle, and don't miss a visit to Sendaijo Ato.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sendai visit website.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Sendai hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can take a train to Akita.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 24:

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 hidden gems such as Dakigaeri Valley and Hachimantai Asupite line. Visit Ishiguro Samurai House and Sankyo Soko Storehouse for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Akita side-trips: Oga (Ogashinzan Traditional Museum & Mantaibutsu), Semboku (Samurai District, Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, &more) and Chokai Blue Line (in Yuza-machi). There's more to do: get great views at Mikaeri Pass and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akita Prefecture Gokoku Shrine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Akita trip planner.

You can take a train from Sendai to Akita in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sendai in November since evenings lows in Akita dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Akita

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:

Sapporo

— 7 nights

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sapporo Art Museum and Sapporo Beer Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath and Oyunuma. Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru (The Site of Temiya Line & Otaru-shi General Museum), Shinsennuma (in Kyowa-cho) and Royce' Chocolate World (in Chitose). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yotei, steep yourself in history at Hokkaido Jingu, stroll around Nakajima Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Moerenuma Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo travel route planner.

Getting from Akita to Sapporo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. When traveling from Akita in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 42°F by day to 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 6: