22 days in East Asia Itinerary

22 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Tottori
— 2 nights
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Okayama
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 3 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: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, let your taste buds guide you at Best Experience Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo attractions planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in October, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Nagoya TV Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya trip planning tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Nagoya by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. October in Nagoya sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, steep yourself in history at Wada House, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Takayama online route maker.

You can drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Takayama are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tottori.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas

Tottori

— 2 nights
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to Jinpu-kaku Hall and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hongan-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Tottori Sand Dunes, explore the galleries of The Sand Museum, get outside with Hakuto Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakuto Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Tottori Karo Kanikkokan, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tottori online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tottori takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Okayama.

Things to do in Tottori

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Ohashi House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, look for gifts at Mamekichi Hompo, Kurashiki, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, then explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bicchukokubunji Temple, explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, admire the natural beauty at Shinkeien, then examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Oharake House Katalyzer.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Okayama trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tottori to Okayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Okayama can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Osaka

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, Himeji Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Osaka attractions planner.

Take a train from Okayama to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip