11 days in East Asia Itinerary

11 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Nara
— 1 day
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Kobe
— 1 day
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Kyoto
— 1 night
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Uji
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Himeji
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Osaka
— 4 nights

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Nara

— 1 day

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Naramachi, Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Naramachi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Sarusawa Pond, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary builder app.

Osaka to Nara is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Nara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Kobe

— 1 day
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
You've added Kitano Ijinkan-gai, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Kobe Muslim Mosque, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 29th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobe Muslim Mosque, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then take a stroll through Kitano Ijinkan-gai, then walk around Sumaura Park, and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip site.

You can drive from Nara to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nara in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kobe: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Spas

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then take a stroll through Gion, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Kobe to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Uji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Uji

— 2 nights
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ujigami Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mimurotoji Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Uji River, then contemplate the long history of Byodoin, and finally take an in-depth tour of Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Uji online route maker.

Uji is just a short distance from Kyoto. In July, daily temperatures in Uji can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Uji

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Okunoshima Island as well as Kintaikyo Bridge. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Okunoshima Island, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip planner.

You can take a train from Uji to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Himeji

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks
Highlights from your trip

Osaka

— 4 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, Umeda Sky Building, Shinsekai, and other attractions. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, admire the striking features of Tsutenkaku, and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Osaka online trip maker.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Himeji, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip