19 days in East Asia Itinerary

19 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Onomichi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Minamiashigara
— 2 nights
Drive

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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.
Nezu Museum and Kanda Myojin will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nezu Shrine and Yanaka District. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima), Yokosuka (Memorial Warships Mikasa & Yokosuka Museum of Art) and Yokohama (Yokohama Negishi Forest Park & Sankeien Gardens). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Ueno District, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck, get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport, Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base and Yokota Air Base. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kurama, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, and finally take a stroll through Gion. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, then take a stroll through Pontocho District, and finally explore the activities along Kamogawa River.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online travel planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Onomichi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Onomichi

— 2 nights
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
On the 22nd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ushitora Shrine and then stroll around Senkoji & Senkoji Park. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takami, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shirataki, take in the views from Innoshima Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Onomichi Chamber of Commerce Memorial Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jyodo Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saikokuji Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Onomichi trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Onomichi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you will find days in Onomichi are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Onomichi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Koya-cho

— 4 nights
You've now added Koyasan Station to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Koyasan Okunoin and Joju-in Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Kongosanmaiin and Kodai-in Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Yamanobe Street (in Tenri), Mt. Kongo (in Chihayaakasaka-mura) and Kashihara (The Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, Imai Skyline Exchange Center Hanairaka, &more).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho vacation planner.

Drive from Onomichi to Koya-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Takayama.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Takayama

— 3 nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Takayama Showa Museum and Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan). Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine and Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Matsumoto (Hodaka Shrine Okumiya, Tokusawa, &more). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Takayama Museum of History and Art, see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, Head underground at Hida Great Limestone Cave and Ohashi Collection Kan Museum, and take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Takayama sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Minamiashigara.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Minamiashigara

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Inoue Sake Brewery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Soga, then take in the awesome beauty at Yaguradake Mountain, then admire the sheer force of Sunset Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson).

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Minamiashigara trip tool.

You can drive from Takayama to Minamiashigara in 5 hours. Traveling from Takayama in May, you will find days in Minamiashigara are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Minamiashigara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips