22 days in East Asia Itinerary

22 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Okayama
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Takamatsu
— 1 night
Train
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Kobe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kusatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo attractions planning app.

Hamburg, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Hamburg to Tokyo is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hamburg in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to fly to Okayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Okayama

— 1 night
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 23rd (Wed), examine the collection at Inujima Seirensho Art Museum, relax in the rural setting at Nanaku Strawberry Farm, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imamura-gu, then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, and finally walk around Ujo Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Okayama trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Okayama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, Okayama is slightly colder at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Senjokaku, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima attractions planning site.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Takamatsu

— 1 night

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 27th (Sun), go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, then get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, then take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, and finally enjoy some diversion at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Museums · Nature · Fun & Games

Kobe

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: Sato Fruit Kobo (in Nishiwaki), Jodoji Temple (in Ono) and Himeji (Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, Himeji Castle, &more). The adventure continues: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Kobe trip planner.

Traveling by train from Takamatsu to Kobe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kobe are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Museums · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Osaka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kuromon Market, then shop like a local with Dotombori District, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kusatsu.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Kusatsu

— 1 night
Kusatsu is a city located in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stroll around Yabasekihanto Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Aquatic Plants Garden Mizunomori, see the interesting displays at Lake Biwa Museum, then walk around Shiga-kenritsu Omi Fuji Karyoku Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shingu Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Kusatsujuku Honjin.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kusatsu trip planner.

Drive from Osaka to Kusatsu in 1.5 hours. April in Kusatsu sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kusatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.
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, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kusatsu to Kyoto takes an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Shikoku travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.