28 days in East Asia Itinerary

28 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 3 nights
Fly
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Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, take a stroll through Akihabara, admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and appreciate the history behind Hachiko.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kyoto Botanical Garden and Sagano. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Kaizu Osaki (in Takashima) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Keage Incline, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and visit Pontocho District.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nara

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Isuien Garden and Mt. Yoshino. Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya) and Iga-ryu Ninja Museum (in Iga). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Naramachi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nara online vacation builder.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. July in Nara sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Beppu.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago and Usuki Sekibutsu. Explore Beppu's surroundings by going to Yufu (Yufuin Shoyuya Honten, Mt. Yufu, &more) and Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge (in Kokonoe-machi). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Sagiridai Observatory, get to know the resident critters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, and take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Beppu trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Nara to Beppu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nara in July: high temperatures in Beppu hover around 32°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History and Nakasu District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Kitakyushu (Mojiko Retro & Kokura Castle). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, and buy something for everyone on your list at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Beppu to Fukuoka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Beppu in July, you will find days in Fukuoka are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature · Shopping

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): snap pictures at Kintaikyo Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima visit planner.

Take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Takayama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Takayama

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kappa Bashi and Kurobe Dam. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Takayama day trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Takayama by train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Takayama are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and then get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip