21 days in East Asia Itinerary

21 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey builder

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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Kobe
— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Visit Osaka Castle and Todai-ji Temple for their historical value. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Nara National Museum, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary website.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, Osaka is a bit cooler than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto International Manga Museum. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Kobe

— 5 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum. You'll explore and learn at Otsuka Museum of Art and Kawasaki Good Times World. Step out of Kobe with an excursion to Koko-en in Himeji--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, and make a trip to New Port Fifth Jetty Old Signal Station.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe day trip planning tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Kobe by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November in Kobe, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Get some cultural insight at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Tokyo National Museum and The National Art Center, Tokyo will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, take a stroll through Akihabara, and stop by Odaiba District.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning site.

Fly from Kobe to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip