18 days in East Asia Itinerary

18 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
4
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive
5
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive
6
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
7
Tateyama
— 1 night
Drive
8
Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive
9
Nikko
— 1 night
Drive
10
Tokyo
— 4 nights
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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Kiyora Senjafuda, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker.

Melbourne, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Melbourne, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip site.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Kanazawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in March, expect Kanazawa to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Takayama

— 1 night
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally stop by Sanmachi Suji.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Takayama road trip app.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Matsumoto

— 1 night
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, stop by Nakamachi Street, wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, then contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, and finally relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Matsumoto in April: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Tateyama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Nature

Tateyama

— 1 night
Tateyama is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Awa Jinja, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tateyama Shrine, don't miss a visit to Tateyama Castle (Hakkenden Museum), explore the striking landscape at Oki no Shima, then don't miss a visit to Nagoji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daifukuji Temple (Gake Kannon).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tateyama tour planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tateyama in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in April: highs in Tateyama hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Tateyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Shirakawa

— 1 night
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 4th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Myokanji Temple, contemplate the long history of Shirakawa Haristos Othodox Church, don't miss a visit to Komine Castle Remains, then walk around Nanko Park, then steep yourself in history at Shirakawa no Sekiato, and finally stroll around Shirakawa Sekinomori Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Shirakawa trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tateyama to Shirakawa takes 4.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tateyama in April since evenings lows in Shirakawa dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Historic Sites · Parks

Nikko

— 1 night
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stroll around Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushido.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko holiday tool.

You can drive from Shirakawa to Nikko in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Shirakawa in April, Nikko is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in April, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are little chillier (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites