52 days in East Asia Itinerary

52 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 7 nights
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
Drive
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Motegi-machi
— 1 night
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Nikko
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nasu-machi
— 3 nights
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Sendai
— 6 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 7 nights
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Hiroshima

— 6 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Senseki Garden (in Higashihiroshima), Takehara (Mt. Kurotaki & Old Kasai House) and Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, pick up some new knowledge with SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planning app.

Manchester, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Manchester in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Hiroshima, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 24:

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 Kyoto's surroundings by going to Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery (in Suita), Osaka (Namban Culture Center, Universal Studios Japan, &more) and Oyamazaki Sanso Seikaro (in Oyamazaki-cho). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and go for a walk through Gion.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 31:

Kanazawa

— 7 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hakusan (Mount Hakusan & Shirayama Hime Shrine), Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 7:

Tokyo

— 8 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online travel route planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Motegi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 15:

Motegi-machi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at Nozomi no Yu, then take in the exciting artwork at Moegi Honten, then shop like a local with Pottery Warehouse, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kannonyama Umenosato Plum Grove.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Motegi-machi online road trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Motegi-machi in 2 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Motegi-machi, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Motegi-machi

Museums · Shopping · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:

Nikko

— 5 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Explore Nikko's surroundings by going to Utsunomiya (Tochigi Prefectural Museum, Showakan, &more) and Kohoen Park (in Kanuma). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, explore the activities along Sainoko Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nikko online route planner.

Traveling by car from Motegi-machi to Nikko takes 1.5 hours. In August in Nikko, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nasu-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 21:

Nasu-machi

— 3 nights
The highland resort town of Nasu-machi brings in visitors with its natural sights and thoughtfully developed tourism infrastructure.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nasushiobara (Ryushun Fall, Ryuka Waterfall, &more), Pep Kids Koriyama (in Koriyama) and Otawara (Nakagawa Aquatic Park & Nasunogahara Farm). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Nasu Nature Study Paths, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nasu, explore the striking landscape at Nasu Highlands, and visit Nasu Highland Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nasu-machi travel route site.

You can drive from Nikko to Nasu-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nikko in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Nasu-machi, with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Nasu-machi

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sendai: Umanose (in Rifu-cho), Odakamori Observatory (in Higashimatsushima) and Matsushima-machi (Zuiganji, Entsu-in Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yudonosan Shrine, head outdoors with Shiginoya Chinuma, explore the activities along Sakaida Bunsuirei, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Gassan.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sendai day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Nasu-machi to Sendai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Sendai

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 30:

Sapporo

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Apple House (in Niki-cho), Yoichi-cho (Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya, Asadaen Farm, &more) and Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu). The adventure continues: walk around Odori Park, experience rural life at Yumekobo Sato, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakkogakuen Hanashobupark, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Moiwa.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planning website.

You can fly from Sendai to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sendai in August: highs in Sapporo hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 6:

Tochigi Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Waterfalls · Theme Parks
Tochigi Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kantō region on the island of Honshu, Japan. The capital is the city of Utsunomiya.Nikkō, whose ancient Shintō shrines and Buddhist temples UNESCO has recognized by naming them a World Heritage Site, is in this prefecture.Other famous parts of Tochigi include a region called Nasu known for onsen and local sake and ski resorts. The Imperial Family has a villa in Nasu. is a major Shinkansen station.Prefectural overviewSituated among the inland prefectures of the northern part of the Kantō region, Tochigi is contiguous with Ibaraki, Gunma, Saitama, and Fukushima Prefectures.The climate of Tochigi may be classified as a humid temperate zone with broad variations in temperature. Winters are arid with dry winds, while summers are humid with frequent thunderstorms.The population of Tochigi as of November 2010 is approximately 2,005,096.Located in the center of the prefecture is the largest open plain in the Kantō region. Shirane (2,578 m), Nantai (2,484 m) and Nasudake (1,917 m) mountain are in the northern part of the area. Kinugawa, Nakagawa, and Watarase River originate in this region, which flow across the Kanto plain before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. Tochigi is the 20th largest prefecture in Japan with a total area of 6,408 square km.

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