27 days in East Asia Itinerary

27 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 1 night
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 1 night
Train
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Himeji
Train
11
Hiroshima
— 1 day
Drive
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Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Omoide Yokocho as well as Ueno Park. Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Central Railway Station will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Takao and Mt. Takaosan Hiking Course. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Yokohama Chinatown in Yokohama--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, shop like a local with Asakusa, wander the streets of Yanaka District, and examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Tokyo is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from San Jose to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In October, Tokyo is little chillier than San Jose - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura

— 1 night

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kamakura trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Kamakura hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Nikko

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cryptomeria Avenue and then contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate). On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Futarasan jinja, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally browse the handmade items at Kousyuuya.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko holiday planner.

Getting from Kamakura to Nikko by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Spas

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Japan Folklore Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally wander the streets of Nakamachi Street.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Nikko to Matsumoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Matsumoto, with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

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 5th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally steep yourself in history at Myozenji Temple.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Takayama online trip planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Koya-cho

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muryokoin, contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miedo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Nyonindo, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tokugawa's Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eko-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, and finally see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Koya-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Koya-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Koya-cho when traveling from Takayama in November, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Nara

— 1 night

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 9th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, stroll around Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nara attractions planner.

Getting from Koya-cho to Nara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

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 Arashiyama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and The Museum of Kyoto. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nagoya (Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, Tokugawa Art Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
On the 14th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get outside with Eeyan, then shop like a local with Dotombori District, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka online holiday planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Himeji

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Tegarayama Exchange Station and then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planning website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Himeji, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Museums
Highlights from your trip

Hiroshima

— 1 day

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 15th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Hatsukaichi

— 2 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiganji Temple, and finally make a trip to Tairanoshigemori Ko ote Uematsu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, get engrossed in the history at Itsukushima Shrine Treasure Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imaise Shrine.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hatsukaichi trip planning app.

Hatsukaichi is very close to Hiroshima. November in Hatsukaichi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nezu Shrine as well as University of Tokyo. Visit The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Fukagawa Edo Museum for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ginza. See even more of Tokyo: take a stroll through Odaiba District, stop by Akihabara, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and have some family-friendly fun at Kimono & Geisha Experience COCOMO.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip app.

You can take a train from Hatsukaichi to Tokyo in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks