15 days in East Asia Itinerary

15 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

Make it your trip
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yonago
— 3 nights
Drive
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Matsue
— 3 nights
Drive
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Izumo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Okayama
— 2 nights
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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 4th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online visit planner.

Toronto, Canada to Osaka is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In May, Osaka is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Yonago.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Tours

Yonago

— 3 nights
Yonago is a city located in northwestern Tottori Prefecture, Japan, facing the Sea of Japan, and adjacent to Shimane. On the 6th (Wed), visit Amenomanai, stop by Daisen Makiba Milk no Sato, then look and learn at Yonego City Children's Culture Center Planetarium, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): make a trip to Matsue Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Taisha Shrine, and finally stop by Mihonoseki.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Yonago online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Yonago takes 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Yonago

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Matsue

— 3 nights
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse and Seiganji Temple. Attractions like Kuniga Bay and Akiya Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsue: Hinomisaki Coast (in Izumo) and Hiruzen Kogen Cycling Road (in Maniwa). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iya Shrine.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Matsue travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Yonago to Matsue in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Izumo.

Things to do in Matsue

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Izumo

— 3 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
On the 11th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): kick back and relax at Koryo Kunibiki Coast, then explore the activities along Hinomisaki Coast, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Grand Shrine.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Izumo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matsue to Izumo in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Izumo, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Okayama.

Things to do in Izumo

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at Inujima Seirensho Art Museum, head off the coast to Inujima, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Tsuda Matsubara and then let the kids burn off some steam at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Okayama trip planner.

You can drive from Izumo to Okayama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Okayama are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trips