22 days in Japan & Taiwan Itinerary

22 days in Japan & Taiwan Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
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Drive to Kansai International Airport, Fly to Kaohsiung International Airport, Drive to Pingtung City
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Pingtung City, Taiwan
— 1 night
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 6 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo. Traveling from Vancouver in November, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Kanazawa, Japan

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 8th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Kyoto, Japan

— 4 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: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and visit Gion.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka, Japan

— 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Daibutsuden, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Kuromon Market.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hiroshima, Japan

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Hiroshima tour app.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Himeji, Japan

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip maker site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Pingtung City.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Pingtung City, Taiwan

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Zhutianyiyuan and then see some colorful creatures with Liuqiu Dive.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pingtung City vacation maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Himeji to Pingtung City. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Himeji to Pingtung City due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in November: highs in Pingtung City hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Taipei.

Things to do in Pingtung City

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Taipei, Taiwan

— 6 nights

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taipei: Chin Pao San (in Jinshan), YehLiu Geopark (in Wanli) and Ruifang (Nanya Rock Area, Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), &more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, get a dose of the wild on YOLO Taiwan, don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, and browse the different shops at Taipei 101.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Taipei journey planner.

Getting from Pingtung City to Taipei by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Pingtung City in November, expect nights in Taipei to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Taiwan travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Flea Markets · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.