14 days in East Asia Itinerary

14 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hachijo-machi
— 2 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Chichibu
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Chichibu
— 1 night
Drive
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Musashino
— 1 night
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Santa Maria Pub/Capt G Allan Hancock Field

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Tokyo

— 5 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.
For shopping fun, head to Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo or Shimokitazawa. Get a sense of the local culture at Asakusa Shrine and Ueno District. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanda Myojin, wander the streets of Kagurazaka, have fun and explore at KidZania Tokyo, and steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Santa Maria, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. In June, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Santa Maria - with highs of 79°F and lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, then contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then stroll around Nakanoshima Park, and finally shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Osaka trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Osaka are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Nara, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hachijo-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Hachijo-machi

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get outside with Sokodo Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Nambara Senjojiki, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Uramiga Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hachijo Fuji, make a trip to Jinyaato, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ubai Homei Shrine, then head outdoors with Yokoma Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Noboryotouge.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Hachijo-machi day trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nara to Hachijo-machi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Chichibu.

Things to do in Hachijo-machi

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Chichibu

— 1 night
A little rural reprieve not far from the capital, the city of Chichibu draws visitors with its vibrant landscape and pleasant, low-key urban attractions.
On the 21st (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Saitama-Shanxi Friendship Memorial Hall - Shinikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitsumine Shrine, then go for a walk through Nosaki Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chichibu Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chichibu holiday builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hachijo-machi to Chichibu. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Musashino.

Things to do in Chichibu

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Musashino

— 1 night
Musashino is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 143,868 and a population density of 13,090 persons per km². On the 22nd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jindai-ji Temple, and then stop by Kichijoji.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Musashino online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Chichibu to Musashino takes 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Musashino when traveling from Chichibu in June, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Musashino

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
A tour of Tokyo Prefecture reveals many eateries, markets, and museums, with sightseeing opportunities available for every type of traveler. Bright bursts of lights and billboards on modern buildings contrast the ornate, traditional architecture there. Don't forget to visit Izu Islands, easily accessible from the capital as an ideal day trip option.

Osaka Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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Nara Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Wildlife Areas
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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Saitama Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Saitama Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Saitama.This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which a large number of residents commute each day.HistoryAccording to Sendai Kuji Hongi, Chichibu was one of 137 provinces during the reign of Emperor Sujin. Chichibu Province was in western Saitama.Saitama Prefecture was formerly part of the old Musashi Province.In the fifth year of the Keiun era, deposits of copper were reported to have been found in the Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture.The Saitama area was historically known as a fertile agricultural region which produced much of the food for the Kantō region. During the Edo period, many fudai daimyōs ruled small domains within the Saitama area.After World War II, as Tokyo expanded rapidly and modern transportation allowed longer commutes, the lack of available land in Tokyo led to the rapid development of Saitama Prefecture, where the population has nearly tripled since 1960. Most of the cities in the prefecture are closely connected to downtown Tokyo by metropolitan rail, and operate largely as residential and commercial suburbs of Tokyo.

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