12 days in East Asia Itinerary

12 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly
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Osaka
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train to Shin-Osaka, Train to Nara
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Fly
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Numazu
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kawasaki
— 2 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Gaya

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Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and finally make a trip to Tokyo Tower.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel planning site.

Gaya, India to Tokyo is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 3.5 hours. Traveling from Gaya in May, expect nights in Tokyo to be slightly colder, around 19°C, while days are colder, around 28°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then shop like a local with Dotombori District.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Osaka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

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.
To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Nara.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Nara

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nara online tour itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nara in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nara when traveling from Hiroshima in May, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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.
On the 26th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Ryukoku University Omiya Campus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in May, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Numazu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Numazu

— 1 night
Numazu tourism focuses primarily on what lies just outside of the town, with the urban area providing a base for wider regional, natural explorations.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Clematis no Oka, examine the collection at Court Doll Master Hisashige Ito XII Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mishima Taisha, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Gempeigawa River, then admire the natural beauty at Numazu Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Numazu Alps Mountains.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Numazu online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Numazu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you will find days in Numazu are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Numazu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 29th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tenkakudai.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Numazu to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Numazu in May, things will get little chillier in Hakone-machi: highs are around 21°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kawasaki.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Kawasaki

— 2 nights
Easily accessible via a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo, Kawasaki features a modern, industrialized waterfront, as well as a couple of quirky attractions.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Ikuta Ryokuchi Rose Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, then wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sojiji.

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

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Kawasaki in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kawasaki: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kawasaki

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips