29 days in East Asia Itinerary

29 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Kobe
— 3 nights
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Naruto
— 3 nights
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Kotohira-cho
— 1 night
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Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 1 night
Drive
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Himeji
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 4 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kobe

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Kawasaki Good Times World. Get some cultural insight at Nishinomiya Shrine and UCC Coffee Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Awaji (Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum & Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), pause for some serene contemplation at Dormition Orthodox Church in Kobe, snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck).

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Kobe route maker site.

New York City, USA to Kobe is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Kobe is 14 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Naruto

— 3 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Popular historic sites such as Izanagi Shrine and Onokorojima Shrine are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kimiidera Temple and Otsuka Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naruto: Wakayama (Ennogyojado, Saika Castle Remains, &more), Sumoto (Senfuku-ji Temple, Sumoto Castle Ruins, &more) and Senshu-ji Temple (in Awaji).

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Traveling by car from Kobe to Naruto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Naruto, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kotohira-cho.

Things to do in Naruto

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho

— 1 night
Known only for being the home of the Kompirasan Shrine Complex, the tiny town of Kotohira-cho remains a popular day trip destination from larger nearby cities.
On the 19th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Marugame Castle, admire the striking features of Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izutama Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Nogi Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotohira-gu.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kotohira-cho online vacation planner.

You can drive from Naruto to Kotohira-cho in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Kotohira-cho are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Kotohira-cho

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Teshima Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hitoyama Rikyu Hachiman Shrine, and then head off the coast to Teshima Island.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Tonosho-cho tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Kotohira-cho to Tonosho-cho in 2.5 hours. June in Tonosho-cho sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Nature · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Himeji

— 5 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bitchu Matsuyama Castle and Okayama Castle. Takeda Castle Ruins and Himeji Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Hyomai Shrine (in Asago), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Aotama Shrine (in Taka-cho). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, steep yourself in history at Bukeyashiki Kyu Oriike Kyu Haibarake, and make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Himeji route planner.

Getting from Tonosho-cho to Himeji by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanzen-in Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nijo Castle and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gio-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hase-dera Temple and Omiwa Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nigatsu-do Temple and Toshodai-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Nara side-trips: Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho), Isonokami Jingu (in Tenri) and Sakurai (Hashihaka & Yokitemman Shrine). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kaidan-do, and admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nara online travel planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Nara are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Osaka

— 4 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.
Ise Shrine Geku and Koyasan Okunoin will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sarutahiko Shrine and Dotombori District. Venture out of the city with trips to Sarume Shrine (in Ise) and Koya-cho (Zofukuin Temple, Koyasan Reihokan Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Osaka tour planning app.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Shikoku travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.