46 days in East Asia Itinerary

46 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Sendai
— 4 nights
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Aomori
— 5 nights
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Akita
— 3 nights
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Niigata
— 4 nights
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Toyama
— 6 nights
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Matsue
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka
— 5 nights
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Kumamoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 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.
Shop till you drop at Ginza and Yokohama Chinatown. Escape the urban bustle at Tokyo Gaijins - Day Tours and Meguro River. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary planning site.

Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Billund to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In March, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Billund - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Museums

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Sendai

— 4 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Head to Kawamachi Terasu Yuriage and Aeon Style Sendai Oroshimachifor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort and Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sendai: Shiogama Seafood Market (in Shiogama) and Yamagata (Yamagataken Kanko Bussan Kaikan & Thermal Spas). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Sunmall Ichibancho, revel in the low prices at Mitsui Outlet Park, Sendai Port, step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, and don't miss a visit to Sendai Station.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sendai online holiday planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Sendai to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Sendai

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

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Aomori

— 5 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at A-FACTORY and Furukawa Market Aomori Gyosai Center Nokkedon. Visiting Hakkoda Ski Area and Hakkoda Mountains will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Aomori side-trips: Towada (Oirase Gorge Onsen Ski Resort, Oirase Gorge, &more) and Hirosaki (Omoide Shop Sakura House & Mt. Iwaki Lifts). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Moya Hills, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hakkoda Gourda Line, explore the ancient world of Sannai-Maruyama Site, and take in the views from Aomori Bay Bridge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Aomori day trip planning app.

You can take a train from Sendai to Aomori in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Sendai in March, expect Aomori to be little chillier, temps between 4°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Akita.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Winter Sports

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Akita

— 3 nights
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Head to Akita Kensanhin Plaza and Akita Public Marketfor some retail therapy. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Taiheizan Ski Area Opus and Lake Tazawa. Venture out of the city with trips to Semboku (Samurai District & Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum). The adventure continues: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Kainosawa Onsen, explore the world behind art at Akita Museum Of Art, and admire the natural beauty at Senshu Park.

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Getting from Aomori to Akita by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Akita

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Niigata

— 4 nights
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Take a break from the city and head to Muika Snow Resort and Jyoetsu International Ski Area. Step out of Niigata with an excursion to Yahiko Shrine in Yahiko-mura--about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata Station, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, take in the views from Bandai Bridge, and stop by Pia Bandai.

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You can drive from Akita to Niigata in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Traveling from Akita in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 3°C in Niigata. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Toyama.

Things to do in Niigata

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Toyama

— 6 nights
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Amanatto Kawamura. Get outdoors at Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha and Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toyama: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Kanazawa (Nomura Family Samurai House, Seisonkaku Villa, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ushidake Onsen Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Yumenotaira Ski Resort, don't miss a visit to Toyama Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Toyama Glass Art Museum.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Toyama vacation planner.

Drive from Niigata to Toyama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Toyama are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Toyama

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

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Matsue

— 3 nights
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Visiting Oni no Shitaburui and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Izumo (Former Taisha Station, Inasa Beach, &more) and Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi). The adventure continues: make a trip to Matsue Castle, explore the activities along Shinji Lake, look for gifts at Rihaku Shuzo, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Tamatsukuri Onsen.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsue trip tool.

Drive from Toyama to Matsue in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Matsue are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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Fukuoka

— 5 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Get outdoors at Ishizumi Rice Terraces and Shika Island. Head to Tenjin Underground Shopping Center and teamLab Future Park Canal City Hakatafor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Yanagawa), Mifuneyama Rakuen (in Takeo) and Mt. Yumihari (in Sasebo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohori Park, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, and stop by Fukuoka Washita Shop.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka online travel planner.

You can fly from Matsue to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. April in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

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Kumamoto

— 4 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Escape the urban bustle at Explore Kumamoto and Daikanbo Lookout. Do your shopping at KUMAMON products Nagataniya and Shimotori Shotengai. Change things up with these side-trips from Kumamoto: Takachiho-cho (Takachiho Shrine & Takachiho Gorge). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, get impressive views of Mt. Aso, and get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto planner.

Take a train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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