22 days in East Asia Itinerary

22 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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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 hidden gems such as Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka and Asuka-dera Temple. Escape the urban bustle at Mitarai Valley and Kobe Municipal Arboretum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Koyasan Choishi Michi & Koyasan Daishi Kyokai), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, Yoshikien, &more) and Tanzan Shrine (in Sakurai). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuguji Temple, see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, explore the world behind art at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Osaka.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary tool.

San Francisco, USA to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Osaka. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yawata Wetlands and Former Naval Academy. Honkawa Peace Museum and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Saikokuji Temple (in Onomichi), Paddle Park (in Hatsukaichi) and Sankeien (in Mihara). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Monokoto Store, browse the different shops at Asse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ogonzan, and get curious at Hiroshima City Ebiyama Museum Of Meteorology.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip maker tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, contemplate the long history of Bizenmaru, then stop by Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, then see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Himeji travel planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 3 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.
For shopping fun, head to Fuuka-Kimono or Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura. Hosenin and Enkō-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Kongorin-ji Temple (in Aisho-cho), Sagawa Art Museum (in Moriyama) and Saimyo-ji Temple (in Kora-cho). Next up on the itinerary: browse the fresh offerings at Jinen & Ichiba, explore the world behind art at Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hiei.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto itinerary planner.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Nunoike Catholic Cathedral, stop by Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten, admire the masterpieces at Furukawa Art Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokeizan Eihoji Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nagoya sightseeing app.

Getting from Kyoto to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in November, you will find days in Nagoya are little chillier (57°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

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 15th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soyuji Temple, examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, then look for gifts at Curnontue, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Shokawa-Zakura, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at Mukashibanashi no Sato, and finally see the interesting displays at Hida Takayama Art and Festa Forest.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama trip site.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Takayama are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Head to Shiinoki Cultural Complex Ishikawa Prefecture and Amanatto Kawamurafor plenty of shopping. Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple and Fudosonkorin Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Hakusan (Mount Hakusan & Tedori Gorge), Komatsu (Ishikawa Aviation Plaza & Motorcar Museum of Japan) and Bijodaira (in Tateyama-machi). The adventure continues: stroll around Kanazawa Castle Park, examine the collection at Shinise Memorial Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church, and go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden.

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Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips