26 days in East Asia Itinerary

26 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fuji
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gifu
— 2 nights
Train
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights

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Tokyo

— 2 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport, Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base and Yokota Air Base. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
On the 7th (Tue), take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Yokohama Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, get answers to all your questions at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, then walk around Yamashita Park, and finally shop like a local with Yokohama Chinatown.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read Yokohama tour itinerary website.

Getting from Tokyo to Yokohama by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Yokohama are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Yokohama

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kamakura trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Yokohama to Kamakura takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Yokohama in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kamakura: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Fuji.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Fuji

— 2 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stop by Tago no Tsuki Honten, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then head outdoors with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, and finally get great views at Imamiya Tea Plantation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mishima Taisha, take in the views from Mishima Skywalk, then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and finally admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls.

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

You can drive from Kamakura to Fuji in 2 hours. In September in Fuji, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, explore the historical opulence of Tonansumi Yagura (Tatsumi Yagura), take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then get a taste of the local shopping with Sakae, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally see the interesting displays at Noritake no Mori.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Fuji to Nagoya takes 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gifu.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Parks

Gifu

— 2 nights
Bordered by verdant mountains, quaint villages, and fruit orchards, the city of Gifu boasts a well-developed historic center and swift connections to Nagoya.
On the 15th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Statue of Oda Nobunaga, appreciate the history behind Gifu Shoho-ji Temple Daibutsu (Great Buddha), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kinka, then step into the grandiose world of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, then stroll around Gifu Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Kinka Ropeway. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Ogaki Hachiman Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Ogaki Castle, steep yourself in history at Inuyama Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at World Fresh Water Aquarium Aquatotto Gifu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nemichi Shrine, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Monet’s Pond.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Gifu driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Nagoya to Gifu in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Gifu can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Gifu

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, stroll around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Kasugayama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, browse for treasures at Experience YAMATO, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokondo, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Gifu to Nara by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Gifu in September: highs in Nara hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then stop by Dotombori District, and finally make a trip to Kuromon Market.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Kyoto

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Tue), visit Gion, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally look for gifts at Yamanaka Aburaten. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohori Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, examine the collection at Dejima, pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head off the coast to Hashima Island, then walk around Inasayama Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and finally snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki road trip app.

Drive from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Nature · Tours