17 days in East Asia Itinerary

17 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fly to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Drive to Fukui
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Fukui
— 1 day
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Joetsu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shibata
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oga
— 1 night
Drive
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Kitaakita
— 1 night
Drive
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Hachimantai
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuji
— 1 night
Drive
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Aomori
— 2 nights
Drive to Hakodate Airport, Fly to Billund

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Fukui — 1 day

Fukui is the capital city of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Ichijo Falls, steep yourself in history at Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, then look for gifts at Echizen Tamuraya, then buy something for everyone on your list at Prism Fukui, and finally browse the different shops at Happiring.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukui tour itinerary planner.

Billund, Denmark to Fukui is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In May, Fukui is a bit warmer than Billund - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay May 19 — 20:

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 20th (Sat): look for gifts at MIKOTO Tea House, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fukui to Kanazawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Joetsu.
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Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

Joetsu — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): look for gifts at Hara Sake Brewery, appreciate the views at Hoshitoge Rice Terraces, then stroll through Kamou Rice Terraces, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Gimyo Rice Terrace. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of The Japanease Memorial Museum of Skiing, step into the grandiose world of Joetsu Takada Castle triple turret, stroll around Takada Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinsen-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kasugayama Castle Ruins, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasugayama Shrine.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Joetsu online journey planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Joetsu in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Shibata.
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Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Shibata — 2 nights

Shibata is a city in northern Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 98,025 and a population density of 184 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shimizuen, steep yourself in history at Ashigaru Nagaya, then stroll around Hyokosuikin Park, then take in breathtaking views at Kenryukyo, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Tsukioka Onsen. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Shibata Castle, stop by Iwafuneko Sengyo Center, head outdoors with Senami Onsen Beach, then examine the collection at Iyoboya Kaikan, and finally get engrossed in the history at Murakami City Local Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Shibata trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Joetsu to Shibata takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Shibata are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tsuruoka.
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Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

Tsuruoka — 2 nights

Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuishin-mon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mt. Haguro Mamakozaka, contemplate the long history of Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Haguro, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ideha Shrine. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, admire the masterpieces at Ken Domon Museum of Photography, make a trip to Sankyo Soko Storehouse, then get advice or help at Sakata Yumenokura, and finally enjoy the sea views from Wooden Hexagonal Lighthouse.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tsuruoka online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Shibata to Tsuruoka by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Tsuruoka can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Oga.
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Find places to stay May 25 — 27:

Oga — 1 night

Oga is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city has an estimated population of 29,318, and a population density of 122 persons per km2. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Park Kanpuzan Kaiten Observatory Deck, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinzan Shrine, see the interesting displays at Namahage Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Oga Aquarium Gao, and finally make a trip to Godzilla Rock.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Oga trip planner.

Drive from Tsuruoka to Oga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Oga can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kitaakita.
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Find places to stay May 27 — 28:

Kitaakita — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stop by Michi-no-Eki Odate-Noshiro Airport, then hit the slopes at Mt.Moriyoshi ANI SKI RESORT, then take an in-depth tour of Matagi Shiryokan, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Komata Valley.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kitaakita day trip tool.

You can drive from Oga to Kitaakita in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Hachimantai.
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Find places to stay May 28 — 29:

Hachimantai — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): look for gifts at Salad Farm, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwate, then examine the collection at Ihatov Volcano Center, then stroll through Kuroyachi Wetland, and finally cruise along Hachimantai Asupite line.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hachimantai online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Kitaakita to Hachimantai in 2 hours. In May in Hachimantai, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kuji.
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Find places to stay May 29 — 30:

Kuji — 1 night

Kuji is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 36,104 in 15,618 households, and a population density of 57.9 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at Moguranpia Machinaka Aquarium, see the interesting displays at Kujikohaku Museum, stop by Michi-no-Eki Noda, then don't miss a visit to Kosode Ama Center, then kick back and relax at Kosode Coast, and finally explore the striking landscape at Tsuriganedo.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kuji trip planner.

Drive from Hachimantai to Kuji in 2 hours. Traveling from Hachimantai in May, you will find days in Kuji are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aomori.
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Find places to stay May 30 — 31:

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Manjufukashi, pick up some local products at Furukawa Market Aomori Gyosai Center Nokkedon, browse the different shops at A-FACTORY, see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, then admire the striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Auga Fresh Market. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Sannai-Maruyama Site, admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hakkoda Mountains, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hakkoda Odake, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tashirotai Heights.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Aomori trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Kuji to Aomori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kuji in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Aomori. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2: