28 days in East Asia Itinerary

28 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Aomori
— 2 nights
Train
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Sendai
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yokohama
— 4 nights
Subway to Shin-Yokohama, Train to Nagoya
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Sapporo

— 3 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: Yoichi-cho (Asadaen Farm & Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). And it doesn't end there: walk around Odori Park, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo visit planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sapporo is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sapporo when traveling from Amsterdam in September, with lows around 20°C. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aomori.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Aomori side-trips: Towada (Itomuka no Irie, Choshi Otaki Waterfall, &more) and Josenji Temple (in Kuroishi). There's lots more to do: get outside with Hakkoda Odake, take in the natural beauty of Manjufukashi, appreciate the views at Tashirotai Heights, and contemplate the waterfront views at Jogakura Stream.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Aomori trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Sapporo to Aomori in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Sendai.

Things to do in Aomori

Nature · Parks · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sendai

— 1 night
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 1st (Sat), make a trip to Sendai Station, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Yagiyama Zoological Park, admire the natural beauty at Sendai City Wild Plants Garden, then make a trip to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kawamachi Terasu Yuriage.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sendai travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Aomori to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sendai when traveling from Aomori in September, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 5 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. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Ginza, and stop by Odaiba District.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sendai in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Yokohama

— 4 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Get out of town with these interesting Yokohama side-trips: Kashiwagi Farm (in Isehara), Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, Hase-dera Temple, &more) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Onshi Hakone Park). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Yokohama Museum of Art, take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown, and make a trip to Asahina Excavation.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yokohama journey maker tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nunoike Catholic Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Seinan Sumiyagura. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and then see the interesting displays at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MRJ MUSEUM.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Nagoya trip planner.

Getting from Yokohama to Nagoya by combination of subway and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Kyoto (Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip app.

Getting from Nagoya to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, shop like a local with Monokoto Store, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

Plan my day in Hiroshima using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip