17 days in East Asia Itinerary

17 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Fukuoka
Train
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Hiroshima
Train
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Himeji
Drive
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Akashi
Drive
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Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 day
Drive
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Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
9
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
11
Nagoya
— 1 day
Train to Shin-Yokohama, Subway to Yokohama
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Yokohama
Fly
13
Hakodate
— 1 day
Fly
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Yokohama
— 1 night
Drive
15
Tokyo
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 3 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.
For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Fukuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Fukuoka

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka tour itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. You will leave for Hiroshima on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): head outdoors with Paddle Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and then appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Himeji

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): appreciate the history behind Himeji Castle Daitenshu no Shachigawara (Replica) and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Himeji online road trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Akashi.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Akashi

Akashi is a city located in southern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, on the Seto Inland Sea west of Kobe.As of April 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 294,312 and a population density of 6,000 persons per km². For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Akashi day trip app.

Getting from Himeji to Akashi by car takes about an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. You'll set off for Osaka on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Akashi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Osaka

— 1 night
To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka itinerary planner.

You can drive from Akashi to Osaka in an hour. You'll set off for Kobe on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Kobe

— 1 day
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll around Kabutoyama Shinrin Park, admire the natural beauty at Ashiya Rock Garden, and then explore the striking landscape of Kobe Municipal Arboretum.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kobe travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Osaka

— 1 night
On the 23rd (Mon), stroll around Itami Sky Park.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shinnyodo Temple and Chishaku-in. Venture out of the city with trips to Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura (in Nantan), Kyorimbo Temple (in Omihachiman) and Pagoda at Myotusji Temple (in Obama). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enkō-ji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Koryu-ji Temple, and learn and have fun at NINJA VR KYOTO.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Classes · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasui Shrine, don't miss a visit to Hanjotei, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnology, and finally walk around Itami Sky Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 1 day
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nunoike Catholic Cathedral, then stroll around Todagawa Ryokuchi, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Osaka to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in December, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Yokohama

Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yokohama online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Nagoya to Yokohama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Nagoya in December, you will find days in Yokohama are a bit warmer (14°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Hakodate

— 1 day

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): cruise along Hiura Domon, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Esan, and then admire the striking features of Kyu Soma-tei.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hakodate trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Yokohama to Hakodate takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Yokohama in December; daily highs in Hakodate reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Yokohama

— 1 night
To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Yokohama online journey builder.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Yokohama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakodate in December: high temperatures in Yokohama hover around 14°C and lows are around 6°C. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Higo-Hosokawa Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Mejiro Garden, then get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, then take in nature's colorful creations at International House of Japan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center.

For more things to do and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yokohama to Tokyo in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and then cool off at Yomiuri Land. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Higo-Hosokawa Garden, admire the natural beauty at Mejiro Garden, admire the natural beauty at International House of Japan, then stroll around Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip tool.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Osaka

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Omiwa Shrine and National Museum of Ethnology. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Joruri Temple (in Kizugawa), Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho) and Muroji Temple (in Uda). See even more of Osaka: make a trip to Hanjotei, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tanzan Shrine, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yoshikien.

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Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips