11 days in East Asia Itinerary

11 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Semboku
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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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 25th (Sat), steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and then make a trip to Hachimanzaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and then explore by horseback at Dosanko Farm Hakodate.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hakodate trip planner.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Hakodate is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in September; daily highs in Hakodate reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Sapporo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, then walk around Odori Park, and then ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): stop by Susukino, walk around Moerenuma Park, and then stroll through Otaru Canal.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sapporo holiday planner.

You can fly from Hakodate to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Sapporo can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Semboku.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Semboku

— 2 nights
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
On the 29th (Wed), explore the activities along Amida Pond, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Akita Komagatake, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kakunodate Samurai House Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Samurai District, then get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Semboku online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Semboku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in September: highs in Semboku hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Semboku

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Tokyo

— 4 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: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, visit Odaiba District, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Semboku to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Semboku in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:

Akita Prefecture travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water · Landmarks
Akita Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Tōhoku region of Japan. The capital is the city of Akita.HistoryThe area of Akita has been created from the ancient provinces of Dewa and Mutsu.Separated from the principal Japanese centres of commerce, politics, and population by several hundred kilometres and the Ōu and Dewa mountain ranges to the east, Akita remained largely isolated from Japanese society until after the year 600. Akita was a region of hunter-gatherers and principally nomadic tribes.The first historical record of what is now Akita Prefecture dates to 658, when the Abe no Hirafu conquered the native Ezo tribes at what are now the cities of Akita and Noshiro. Hirafu, then governor of Koshi Province (the northwest part of Honshū bordering the Sea of Japan), established a fort on the Mogami River, and thus began the Japanese settlement of the region.In 733, a new military settlement—later renamed Akita Castle—was built in modern-day Akita city at Takashimizu, and more permanent roads and structures were developed. The region was used as a base of operations for the Japanese empire as it drove the native Ezo people from northern Honshū.It shifted hands several times. During the Tokugawa shogunate it was appropriated to the Satake clan, who ruled the region for 260 years, developing the agriculture and mining industries that are still predominant today. Throughout this period, it was classified as part of Dewa Province. In 1871, during the Meiji Restoration, Dewa Province was reshaped and the old daimyō domains were abolished and administratively reconstructed, resulting in the modern-day borders of Akita.

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