15 days in East Asia Itinerary

15 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fly
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Shin-Osaka, Train to Nara
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Iga
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Osaka

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Yoneda Taishiji Temple (in Takasago). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planning tool.

Edmonton, Canada to Osaka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Edmonton to Osaka, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in February, expect Osaka to be much warmer, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 13th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

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 16th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nara, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Nara, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Iga.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Iga

— 1 night
Iga is a city located in central Kii Peninsula, in the mountainous western Mie Prefecture, Japan.As of September 2012, the city has an estimated population of 95,137 and a population density of 170 persons per km2. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Nagatanien, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Tarao no Yu, then don't miss a visit to Aekuni Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotokuji Temple, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Menard Aoyama Resort Herb Garden.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Iga trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Nara to Iga in an hour. In February, daily temperatures in Iga can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Iga

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Highlights from your 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Iga to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Tokyo

— 4 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see maps and other tourist information, read Tokyo road trip site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in February, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Spas · Historic Sites