22 days in East Asia Itinerary

22 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 6 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.
Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba District and Ginza. Change things up with a short trip to Samuraikibun Kamakura in Kamakura (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, visit Akihabara, take a stroll through Asakusa, and make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo sightseeing app.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 23rd (Mon), cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, see the interesting displays at Ochaya Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Aratama Valley, head outdoors with Shishiku Park, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then contemplate the long history of Nagamachi Neighborhood, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in March, with highs in Kanazawa at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, steep yourself in history at Wada House, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Sugorokudake and then fly down the slopes at Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Takayama trip planning website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle will appeal to history buffs. Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Katsura Imperial Villa, and make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): head off the coast to Miyajima, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On your second day here, head outdoors with Paddle Park, then head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, and then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima vacation planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Osaka

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Himeji Castle and Koyasan Okunoin. Get a sense of the local culture at Dotombori District and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Kobe), Nishi no Maru (in Himeji) and Nara (Nara Park & Kofuku-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mt. Omine, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips