22 days in East Asia Itinerary

22 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Kobe
— 1 night
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
On the 22nd (Sat), wander the streets of Akihabara, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Observatory, Seaside Top.

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Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Brisbane in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, stop by Sengokuhara, then get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, and finally steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, then explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Hakone Turnpike Daikanyama Parking lot.

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You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, visit Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Gion, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in October: highs in Kyoto hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Wineries

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kobe

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), stop by Kobe Harborland, deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Kobe sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Baths

Himeji

— 2 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 5th (Sat), make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square.

To find out how to plan a trip to Himeji, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Tokyo

— 5 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). See some other sides of Tokyo: get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Hachiko, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, and stroll around Ueno Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning tool.

You can fly from Himeji to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trip