59 days in East Asia Itinerary

59 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

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Osaka
— 7 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Nagoya
— 9 nights
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Kanazawa
— 8 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Nakashibetsu Airport, Drive to Rausu-cho
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Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
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Kamikawa-cho
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 6 nights
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
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Osaka

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kobe (Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, &more), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, visit Dotombori District, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka vacation tool.

New Delhi, India to Osaka is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. Traveling from New Delhi in September, expect Osaka to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 22:

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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, awaken your taste buds at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 30:

Nagoya

— 9 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ise (Miyagawa Zutsumi & Ise Grand Shrine), Kur Resort Yubunesawa (in Nakatsugawa) and Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, walk around Chubu Park, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and get engrossed in the history at Chiryu City History Folk Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Nagoya are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 9:

Kanazawa

— 8 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 Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Tateyama-machi (Mt. Tateyama, Mikurigaike Pond, &more) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nagoya in October since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 17:

Noboribetsu

— 2 nights
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): appreciate the history behind 100th Anniversary Toyako Onsen Monument, explore by horseback at Lake Toya Ranch, and then visit Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jigokudani, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Noboribetsu travel website.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Noboribetsu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kanazawa in October, with highs in Noboribetsu at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Nature · Spas · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Rausu-cho

— 2 nights
Serving as the gateway to the World Heritage-listed region of Shiretoko, the fishing town of Rausu-cho seduces visitors with its dramatic natural scenery and cultural richness.
On the 20th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Shiretoko Beach, then cruise along Shiretoko Highway, and then stroll through Shiretoko Peninsula.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rausu-cho tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Noboribetsu to Rausu-cho with the Route module. October in Rausu-cho sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kamikawa-cho.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Kamikawa-cho

— 3 nights
Because of its proximity to Daisetsuzan National Park and its picturesque surroundings, many visitors opt for a vacation in Kamikawa-cho, looking to explore the pristine natural sights nearby.
Step out of Kamikawa-cho with an excursion to Sugatami no Ike Lake in Higashikawa-cho--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Susoaidaira, boost your wellbeing at Kurotake No Yu, and contemplate the waterfront views at Daisetsu Kogen Swamp.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kamikawa-cho holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rausu-cho to Kamikawa-cho. Traveling from Rausu-cho in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Kamikawa-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kamikawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

Sapporo

— 6 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 out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Makumbetsu Marshmarshland (in Ishikari), Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho). And it doesn't end there: walk around Odori Park, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo Dome.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Sapporo online journey planner.

You can drive from Kamikawa-cho to Sapporo in 3 hours. Traveling from Kamikawa-cho in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sapporo, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 30:

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.
Hakodate is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, stroll through Goryokaku Park, and go for a walk through Ono River Cherry Blossom Avenue.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hakodate trip simple and quick.

Fly from Sapporo to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:

Tokyo

— 10 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Cherry Blossom Trees of Asao River (in Kawasaki). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Ginza, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip site.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hakodate in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 12:

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.