16 days in East Asia Itinerary

16 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Odawara Kokian (in Odawara), The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

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Reggio Calabria, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 144-hour travel. Traveling from Reggio Calabria to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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 12th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then make a trip to Kuromon Market, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka journey tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Otabe Honkan. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Nishijin Textile Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. On your second day here, stop by Yu Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Japan City Nara Sanjo, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate the long history of Byodoin, and finally stroll around Chubu Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nara visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips