24 days in East Asia Itinerary

24 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Kobe
— 8 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Uji
— 2 nights
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Nikko
— 3 nights
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Kobe

— 8 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kobe: Nishinomiya (Shukugawa Park & Kabutoyama Shinrin Park), Himeji (Shoshazan Engyoji, Himeji Castle, &more) and Naruto (Uzu no Michi, Otsuka Museum of Art, &more). There's much more to do: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and stop by Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe road trip app.

Vancouver, Canada to Kobe is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Kobe is 17 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in April: high temperatures in Kobe hover around 20°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip site.

You can take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Uji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Uji

— 2 nights
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, contemplate the waterfront views at Uji River, contemplate the long history of Byodoin, then get to know the fascinating history of Byodoin Omote-sando, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ujigami Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mimurotoji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Sakuradeaikan, then sample the fine beverages at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, then stroll around Yodo River Park Sewaritei District, and finally explore the world behind art at Miho Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Uji day trip planning app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Uji in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Uji

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Nagoya is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, and meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya planner.

Take a train from Uji to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Uji in April: highs in Nagoya hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

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Getting from Nagoya to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Nikko

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Oya History Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oya temple, and then admire the natural beauty at Ashikaga Flower Park.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Nikko in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Osaka, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Hiroshima Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Sites · History Museums · Islands
Hiroshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island. The capital is the city of Hiroshima. It has a population of around 2.8 million.HistoryThe area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan's recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chūgoku region and was the seat of the Mōri clan until the Battle of Sekigahara.Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few remnants of prewar Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945;The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to "float" during high tide.GeographyHiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Chūgoku. Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture; and rivers produce rich plains near the coast.The province faces Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima Bay opens on the Inland Sea. The prefecture also includes many small islands.

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