12 days in East Asia Itinerary

12 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Fly
1
Nagano
— 2 nights
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Train to Hamamatsucho, Tram to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to Kurashiki
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Kurashiki
— 1 night
Drive
3
Bizen
Drive
4
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kami
— 1 night
Drive
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
7
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Fly
8
Tokyo
— 1 night
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Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 15th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Hokusai-kan, stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and then see the interesting displays at Sanada Treasure Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, then explore the world behind art at Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nagano itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Nagano is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get a bit warmer in Nagano: highs are around 28°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Nagano

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurashiki

— 1 night
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Momotarou-no-Karakuri-Hakubutsukan, admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Ohashi House.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kurashiki travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train, tram, and flight from Nagano to Kurashiki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kurashiki can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bizen.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Museums · Historic Sites

Bizen

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at FAN Museum and then see the interesting displays at Bizen Osafune Token Village.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bizen holiday builder.

You can drive from Kurashiki to Bizen in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Bizen

Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Naoshima-cho

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Naoshima-cho trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Bizen to Naoshima-cho takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kami.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums · Parks · Nature

Kami

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture, then explore the engaging exhibits at Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, then have fun and explore at Poem & Marchen Gallery, and finally take some stellar pictures from Befukyo Canyon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Kami route maker site.

Traveling by car from Naoshima-cho to Kami takes 3 hours. In September in Kami, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kami

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Drive from Kami to Hiroshima in 4 hours. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites

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 22nd (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then get engrossed in the history at Kyoto National Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, then get engrossed in the history at Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): meet the residents at Ueno Zoo, then get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo route builder website.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites