21 days in East Asia Itinerary

21 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Sendai
— 1 night
Fly
3
Noboribetsu
— 1 night
Drive
4
Sai-mura
— 1 night
Drive
5
Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
7
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
10
Okayama
— 1 night
Ferry
11
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
Ferry
12
Takamatsu
— 1 night
Train
13
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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 National Museum and KidZania Tokyo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at teamLab☆Planets, relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, and explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art.

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

Milan, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Milan in August, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery, explore the world behind art at The Miyagi Museum of Art, and then step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sendai online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in August, you will find days in Sendai are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Sendai

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Noboribetsu

— 1 night
Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, and then stroll through Kiushito Wetland.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Sendai to Noboribetsu by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, Noboribetsu is a bit cooler than Sendai - with highs of 27°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sai-mura.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Wildlife · Baths · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Sai-mura

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Hotokegaura Parking, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take a memorable drive along Kaikyo Line.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sai-mura online visit planner.

You can drive from Noboribetsu to Sai-mura in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sai-mura

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Hakodate

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take a stroll through Motomachi, and then make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hakodate using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sai-mura to Hakodate takes 3 hours. In August in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakodate

Neighborhoods · Spas · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and then admire all the interesting features of Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirayama Hime Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Kanazawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakodate in August: high temperatures in Kanazawa hover around 35°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stop by Matsumoto Castletown Springs, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matsumoto Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): explore the activities along Pond Tashiro and then contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip planning tool.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Nara.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 20th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Naramachi, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nara tour itinerary website.

Getting from Matsumoto to Nara by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Matsumoto in August; daily highs in Nara reach 38°C and lows reach 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

Osaka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), and then shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Okayama

— 1 night
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, and then explore the world behind art at Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Okayama trip tool.

Getting from Osaka to Okayama by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in August, expect nights in Okayama to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are slightly colder, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Okayama

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:

Naoshima-cho

— 1 night
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum, don't miss a visit to Akakabocha, and then stop by Naoshima Bath.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Naoshima-cho online day trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Okayama to Naoshima-cho takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Naoshima-cho can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 25:

Takamatsu

— 1 night

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kikugetsutei, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then step into the grandiose world of Takamatsu Castle.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Takamatsu trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by ferry from Naoshima-cho to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Baths · Spas
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 26:

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
On the 27th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, then see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip website.

Traveling by train from Takamatsu to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

Shimokita-gun travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Monuments