28 days in East Asia Itinerary

28 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday 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
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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, take a stroll through Akihabara, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planning app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sagano and Kyoto Botanical Garden. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Kaizu Osaki (in Takashima) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Keage Incline, wander the streets of Pontocho District, don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street, and stop by Teramachi-dori Street.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Isuien Garden and Iga-ryu Ninja Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Mt. Koya) and Mt. Yoshino (in Yoshino-cho). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Naramachi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nara trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Nara are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Usuki Sekibutsu and Sagiridai Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Beppu: Yufu (Yufuin Shoyuya Honten, Mt. Yufu, &more) and Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge (in Kokonoe-machi). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, and take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Beppu trip builder site.

You can fly from Nara to Beppu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Beppu can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Baths

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park and JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata. Venture out of the city with trips to Kitakyushu (Mojiko Retro, Kokura Castle, &more). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island, don't miss a visit to Fukuoka Tower, stop by Nakasu District, and walk around Momochi Seaside Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka itinerary planner.

You can drive from Beppu to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · 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 next day: take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and finally appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip maker.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can 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 Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Garyu Park (Garyu Sakura). Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Kappa Bashi (in Matsumoto), Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory & Wada House) and Tateyama-machi (Kurobe Dam & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, and learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama day trip planning site.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Takayama in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in November, expect nights in Takayama to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 2 nights
On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and then find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planning site.

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in December, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (14°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip