32 days in East Asia Itinerary

32 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Kobe
— 3 nights
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Aomori
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 5 nights
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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 historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Odaiba District, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and visit Akihabara.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder site.

Vienna, Austria to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Vienna to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vienna in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 7:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Odoi Beach. Step out of Hakone-machi to go to Izu and see Toi Beach, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakone Shisseikaen, admire all the interesting features of Hakone Skyline, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Escape the urban bustle at Tojimbo Cliff and Daikanbo. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Mt. Tateyama (in Tateyama-machi) and Mikuni Sunset Beach (in Sakai). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

You can fly from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:

Kyoto

— 5 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: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Arashiyama, go for a walk through Gion, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:

Kobe

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Matsue Swimming Beach and Suma Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kobe: Himeji (Himeji Central Park, Himeji Castle, &more) and Amore Beach (in Akashi). There's much more to do: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, and wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kobe online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kobe by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. September in Kobe sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can fly to Aomori.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Tashirotai Heights, then head outdoors with Hakkoda Odake, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Neputa Display Hall, admire the striking features of Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station, and then make a trip to Josenji Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Aomori trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Kobe to Aomori takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kobe in September; daily highs in Aomori reach 25°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Aomori

Outdoors · Parks · Baths · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Hakodate

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Mon), see where the action happens at Hakodate Bicycle Race Track, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, and then wander the streets of Motomachi. On your second day here, experience rural life at Dosanko Farm Hakodate, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Nagareyama Camping Site, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Aomori to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a ferry; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Hakodate are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Sapporo

— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at Giro21 MTB&Nature Tourguide - Daytours and Okurayama Lookout. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Canal & Tanaka Sake Brewing Kikkogura), Shinsennuma (in Kyowa-cho) and Kagaminuma (in Kutchan-cho). And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, wander the streets of Susukino, head outdoors with Maruyama Genshirin, and stroll around Odori Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hakodate to Sapporo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. September in Sapporo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 2:

Kanto travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Nearly synonymous with Tokyo and its suburban sprawl, the region of Kanto encompasses many historical sites, hot springs, semitropical islands, and picturesque mountains. Predictably, most tours of Kanto begin and end in Tokyo, which serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby national parks, ancient temples, and grand monuments reminding visitors of Japan's shogun era. During feudal times, Kanto reigned as the center of political and military power; today, the area represents one of the country's tourism hubs. As you plan your Kanto itinerary, be sure to include a stop in Kamakura, a small temple town filled with notable cultural treasures.

Chubu travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
In the middle of Japan's largest island, the region of Chubu remains best known for its picturesque natural scenery and numerous hot springs. The region contains the rugged Japanese Alps, which separate the country's sunny Pacific from the snowy Sea of Japan side. Thanks to this high mountain range, most vacations in Chubu include skiing in the cold months and hiking in the warmer part of the year. Don't miss a tour of Mount Fuji, Japan's enduring symbol and a hugely popular attraction, both for climbing and viewing. When you need to add some urban flair to your Chubu itinerary, the large city of Nagoya holds plenty of appeal with museums, shrines, and parks.

Kansai travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.

Tohoku travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.