20 days in Japan & Taipei Itinerary

20 days in Japan & Taipei Itinerary

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20 days in Japan & Taipei Itinerary

Start: Portland, United States
Fly + train:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
4
Onna-son, Japan
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  23​h
End: Portland, United States


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4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like KidZania Tokyo and Kamogawa Sea World. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) and Kencho-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji) and Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker .

Portland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Portland to Tokyo. Traveling from Portland in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 67°F in Tokyo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Naritasan Omote Sando, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Kamogawa Sea World
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Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Atsuta Jingu Shrine (in Atsuta), Toshodaiji Temple (in Nara) and Mimurotoji Temple (in Uji). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto route builder .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mimurotoji Temple, Ise Shrine Geku, Hikone Castle, Toshodai-ji Temple, Atsuta Jingu Shrine
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
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.
Let the collections at Lanyang Museum and National Palace Museum capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple) and Songshan Ciyou Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taipei: Jiaoxi (Wufengchi Waterfall & Jiaosi Hot Spring), Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area (in Datong) and Leofoo Village Theme Park (in Guanxi). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Taipei Confucius Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Datong Old Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chih Nan Temple (Zhinan Temple), and admire the landmark architecture of Dalongdong Bao An Temple.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Taipei trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Taipei in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Kyoto to Taipei, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: high temperatures in Taipei hover around 91°F and lows are around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Taipei

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jiaoxi, Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area, Lanyang Museum, Xiahai Chenghuang Temple, Leofoo Village Theme Park
Highlights from your plan
Lanyang Museum ©
Lanyang Museum
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum

2
nights
Onna-son, Japan

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Bisezaki. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Cave. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Akabaka Beach (in Nakijin-son) and Minnajima Island (in Motobu-cho). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Beach and identify plant and animal life at Cape Manzamo.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son trip maker .

Getting from Taipei to Onna-son by flight takes about 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Taipei in June, you will find days in Onna-son are little chillier (85°F), and nights are about the same (77°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Akabaka Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bisezaki ©
Bisezaki
Minnajima Island ©
Minnajima Island

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