13 days in East Asia Itinerary

13 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kawaguchi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 1 night
Drive
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Train
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Train
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Hamamatsu
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 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.
On the 4th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, see the interesting displays at Drum Museum (Taikokan), then admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, then see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, examine the collection at Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall, then browse the exhibits of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and finally stroll around Kitanomaru Park.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation planner.

If you are flying in from Russia, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport, Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base and Yokota Air Base. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Kawaguchi

— 2 nights
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at Visual Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kombukuro Pond Natural History Park, and then see the interesting displays at The World Doll Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gugyoji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Sugaonuma, tee off at Murasaki Country Club Murasaki Ayame Course, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hikawa Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanasato Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kokonoe Shrine.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kawaguchi journey site.

Drive from Tokyo to Kawaguchi in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Takayama

— 1 night
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.
On the 8th (Thu), examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), explore the engaging exhibits at Hida Takayama Retro Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soyuji Temple, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally steep yourself in history at Residence of Miyaji.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Takayama travel route planner.

You can drive from Kawaguchi to Takayama in 5.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take a stroll through Bunka michi.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya tour planning site.

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoshinji Temple and then contemplate the long history of Genkoan.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkeji Temple, see the interesting displays at Okumura Commemorative Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden, then steep yourself in history at Todaiji Keidaicho, and finally contemplate the long history of Shosoin Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nara tour planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hamamatsu.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Hamamatsu

— 1 night

City of Music

An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
On the 13th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Shinzoji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hamamatsu trip itinerary builder website.

Take a train from Nara to Hamamatsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hamamatsu

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at The Ueno Royal Museum, take an in-depth tour of Fukagawa Edo Museum, contemplate the long history of Hozomon, then examine the collection at Drum Museum (Taikokan), then take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, and finally examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Tokyo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin, explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, admire the masterpieces at Ota Memorial Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip tool.

You can take a train from Hamamatsu to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks