13 days in East Asia Itinerary

13 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hase-dera Temple and Ueno District. Zojo-ji Temple and Kencho-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) in Kamakura, approximately Kamakura away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, and stop by Yanaka District.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo travel site.

Bucharest, Romania to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bucharest to Tokyo is 7 hours. Traveling from Bucharest in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 7°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): fly down the slopes at Mont Deus Hidakuraiyama Michi-no-Eki, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, make a trip to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then contemplate the long history of Kanda house, then take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama tour planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Takayama by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in March; daily highs in Takayama reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tenryuji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Kurama and Yase Momiji no Komichi. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, take some stellar pictures from Sagano, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find maps and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Osaka

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, and then wander the streets of Dotombori District. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashihara Jingu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

Nara

— 2 nights

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 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Rokuen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nara itinerary builder app.

Getting from Osaka to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature