13 days in Kobe, Takayama & Tokyo Itinerary

13 days in Kobe, Takayama & Tokyo Itinerary

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13 days in Kobe, Takayama & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly + Bus:  11​h
1
Kobe
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

3
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kobe side-trips: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle) and Unitopia Sasayama (in Tanba Sasayama). There's still lots to do: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, admire the verdant scenery at Mukogawa Valley, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kazefukiiwa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokkosan Kaburaiji Temple.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe road trip app .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Kobe is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Kobe due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Jakarta in December: high temperatures in Kobe hover around 13°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hyogo Prefecture, Himeji, Unitopia Sasayama
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya

4
nights
Takayama

Takayama
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.
Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort (in Kiso-machi), Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen) and Kanazawa (Kenrokuen Garden, Omicho Market, & more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama online road trip planner .

You can drive from Kobe to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kobe in December: high temperatures in Takayama hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Matsumoto, Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour builder .

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Takayama, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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