22 days in East Asia Itinerary

22 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fly to Kansai International Airport, Drive to Kumano
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Kumano
— 1 night
Drive
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Ise
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Awaji, Awaji-shima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Drive
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Iwami-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly

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Kumano

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): go for a walk through Shishiiwa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally go for a walk through Hatenashi Shuraku. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at Osugi Canyon, then hike along Yakiyama Pass, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiuma Shrine.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kumano trip maker site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kumano is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Kumano: highs are around 27°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kumano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Ise

— 3 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ise: Suzuka Circuit (in Suzuka), Hotel Shima Spain Mura (in Shima) and Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island & Harusame Observatory). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, make a trip to Okage Yokocho, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, and see the interesting displays at Okageza.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ise trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Kumano to Ise in 2 hours. Traveling from Kumano in October, you will find days in Ise are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 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: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Ise in October, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 20th (Wed), look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, explore the activities along Saho River, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, make a trip to Daibutsuden, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Todaiji Keidaicho. Here are some ideas for day two: sample some tasty brews at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Awaji.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Awaji, Awaji-shima

— 2 nights
Most trips to Awaji remain fairly brief stop-offs on the expressway between Honshu and Shikoku.
On the 22nd (Fri), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Janohire Dolphin Farm, make a trip to Youth Park, don't miss a visit to Yagi no Shidareume, then admire the masterpieces at Awaji Oiso Artyama, and finally look for gifts at Awaji Service Area Down. On the next day, head outdoors with Matsue Swimming Beach, then examine the collection at Nojima Fault Preservation Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Awaji holiday planner.

You can drive from Nara to Awaji in 2 hours. October in Awaji sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Awaji

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism, then contemplate the long history of Kyu Hatosaki Torodo, and finally take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To see reviews and tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Awaji to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Himeji are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Iwami-cho

— 2 nights
On the 26th (Tue), kick back and relax at Uradome Coast, kick back and relax at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, examine the collection at San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea, don't miss a visit to The Sand Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tottori Sand Dunes, and finally contemplate the long history of Tottori Castle Ruins. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Trip Around the Islands Sightseeing Pleasure Boat, step off the mainland to explore Natanejima Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, then visit Igumi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hamasaka Senjin Memorial Hall, Imei-tei House.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Iwami-cho travel route planner.

You can drive from Himeji to Iwami-cho in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Himeji in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Iwami-cho, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Osaka

— 4 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 Osaka's surroundings by going to Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, go for a walk through Ukiyokoji Street, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning site.

You can drive from Iwami-cho to Osaka in 3.5 hours. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Hyogo Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Hyōgo Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital is Kobe.HistoryPresent-day Hyōgo Prefecture includes the former provinces of Harima, Tajima, Awaji, and parts of Tanba and Settsu.In 1180, near the end of the Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, and the Imperial court moved briefly to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months.Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji.Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was severely devastated by the 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people.

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Tottori Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Sacred & Religious Sites
Tottori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region. The capital is the city of Tottori. It is the least populous prefecture in Japan.EtymologyThe word "Tottori" in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "bird" and the second, means "to get". Early residents in the area made their living catching the region's plentiful waterfowl. The name first appears in the Nihon shoki in the 23rd year of the Emperor Suiko when Yukuha Tana, an elder from the Izumo, visits the emperor. The imperial Prince Homatsu-wake was unable to speak, despite being 30 years of age. "Yukuha Tana presented the swan to the emperor. Homatsu-wake no Mikoto played with this swan and at last learned to speak. Therefore, Yukaha Tana was liberally rewarded, and was granted the title of Tottori no Miyakko." (Aston, translation)HistoryEarly historyTottori Prefecture was settled very early in the prehistoric period of Japan, as evidenced by remains from the Jōmon period (14,000 - 300 BC). The prefecture has the remains of the largest known Yayoi period (300 BC - 250 AD) settlement in Japan, the Mukibanda Yayoi remains, located in the low foothills of Mount Daisen in the cities of Daisen and Yonago. Numerous kofun tumuli from the Kofun period (250 - 538) are located across the prefecture. In 645, under the Taika reforms, the area in present-day Tottori Prefecture became two provinces, Hōki and Inaba.

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