20 days in Japan & Taipei Itinerary

20 days in Japan & Taipei Itinerary

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20 days in Japan & Taipei Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  16​h
1
Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 night
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
5
Nara, Japan
— Few hours
train:  30​min
6
Osaka, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

4
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Palace Museum and Ximending. Visit Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Hsing Tian Kong for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taipei: Keelung River (in Bali) and Yeh Liu Geo Park (in Wanli). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Taipei 101, take in the natural beauty of Yangmingshan National Park, take an in-depth tour of National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine, and stop by Unitai.

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Vancouver, Canada to Taipei is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Taipei, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in October; daily highs in Taipei reach 32°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

New Taipei
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Odaiba and Sensō-ji. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Tokyo National Museum, examine the collection at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, take a stroll through Akihabara, and get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Taipei to Tokyo takes 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Taipei to Tokyo. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Taipei in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
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 9th (Wed): hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Asahiyakifor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nagoya (Nagoya Castle & Tokugawa Art Museum). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip site .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nagoya, Asahiyaki
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

few
hours
Nara, Japan

Nara
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.
To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You'll set off for Osaka on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums

5
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
Himeji Castle and Osaka Castle will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Otsuka Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Dotonbori, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in the exciting artwork at Hankyu Umeda Gallery, and see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel route website .

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Osaka, with lows of 17°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, The World Money Box Museum, Mt. Koya, Otsuka Museum of Art, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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