22 days in East Asia Itinerary

22 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

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Takamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamano
— 1 night
Drive
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Nikko
— 5 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Kaze no Michi and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotohira-gu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, contemplate the long history of Marugame Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yashima-ji Temple, and finally stop by Shionoe-cho.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu trip planning app.

London, UK to Takamatsu is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Takamatsu. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in May, with highs in Takamatsu at 27°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamano.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Tamano

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): examine the collection at Ando Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Art House Project, then explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, and finally visit Naoshima Bath.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Tamano itinerary planner.

Drive from Takamatsu to Tamano in 1.5 hours. In May in Tamano, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tamano

Museums

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, then examine the collection at Yamato Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tamano to Hiroshima in 3 hours. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then get to know the fascinating history of Ono Residence, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Shosekiheki Cliff.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip builder site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Himeji, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

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 24th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Dotombori District, then steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then examine the collection at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen.

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Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Himeji, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Miho Museum, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online day trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
On the 28th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Shirakawago, then examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, contemplate the long history of Wada House, then contemplate the long history of Kanda house, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally make a trip to Hida Furukawa Old Town.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama visit planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Takayama sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
On the 30th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinomiya Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiunkaku. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, then explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, and finally see the interesting displays at Hakone Museum of Photography.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi visit planning website.

You can drive from Takayama to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Takayama in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Fire Museum, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, then wander the streets of Yanaka District, and finally steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Nikko

— 5 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oya History Museum and Haruna Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kammangafuchi Gorge and Yomeimon (Main Gate). Venture out of the city with trips to Ikaho Stone Steps (in Shibukawa) and Semba Boadwalk (in Mito). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Oze National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Nikko trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June in Nikko, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Okayama Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Gardens · Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites
Okayama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on the main island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Okayama.HistoryPrior to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the area of present-day Okayama Prefecture was divided between Bitchū, Bizen and Mimasaka Provinces. Okayama Prefecture was formed and named in 1871 as part of the large-scale administrative reforms of the early Meiji period (1868–1912), and the borders of the prefecture were set in 1876.GeographyOkayama Prefecture borders Hyōgo Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture, and Hiroshima Prefecture. It faces Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea and includes 90 islands in the sea.Okayama Prefecture is home to the historic town of Kurashiki. Most of the population is concentrated around Kurashiki and Okayama. The small villages in the northern mountain region are aging and declining in population - more than half of the prefectures municipalities are officially designated as depopulated.

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Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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