20 days in East Asia Itinerary

20 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Osaka

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Gango-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and visit Dotombori District.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka driving holiday planning tool.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Osaka is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Osaka is 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Copenhagen in March, with highs in Osaka at 16°C and lows at 5°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday builder website.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trip

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, identify plant and animal life at Yamazaki River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, then admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosho-in (Osu Kannon). Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, explore the historical opulence of Seinan Sumiyagura, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, and finally make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip maker site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in April: highs in Nagoya hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Takayama

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, take in the views from Deai Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally steep yourself in history at Wada House. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally stop by Takayama Usagiya.

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You can drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nagoya in April since evenings lows in Takayama dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stroll around Ueno Park, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip