29 days in East Asia Itinerary

29 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Narita International Airport, Drive to Nikko
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Nikko
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chiba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yokohama
— 1 night
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagiso-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Train
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Hikone
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Okayama
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Nikko

— 4 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Baum Kuchen Studio Hachiya, Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, Nikko National Park, and other attractions.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nikko trip planning site.

Guadalajara, Mexico to Nikko is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 15 hours. Traveling from Guadalajara in June, expect nights in Nikko to be a bit warmer, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 5 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.
You've added Karaoke Kan Shibuya, Street Kart Tokyo Bay, Cat Cafe MOCHA, Harajuku, and other attractions to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation maker.

Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chiba.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Shopping

Chiba

— 2 nights
Developing quickly with new homes and shopping malls cropping up each year, the city of Chiba no doubt benefits from its proximity to the capital--many even consider it a Tokyo suburb.
Step out of Chiba to go to Shibayama-machi and see Museum of Aeronautical Sciences, which is approximately 54 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiba day trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Chiba in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chiba: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Chiba

Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Yokohama

— 1 night
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.
You've now added Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama to your itinerary.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yokohama road trip planning website.

Drive from Chiba to Yokohama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Chiba in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yokohama, with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yokohama

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, steep yourself in history at Odawara Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

Plan a Hakone-machi trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Do a combination of train and bus from Yokohama to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yokohama in July: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Nagiso-machi

— 1 night
To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nagiso-machi journey planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Nagiso-machi in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in July: highs in Nagiso-machi hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 26°C. You'll set off for Nagoya on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, then take a stroll through Sakae, and finally browse the different shops at Oasis 21. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and then take an in-depth tour of Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Nagiso-machi to Nagoya in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hikone.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hikone

— 1 night
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ryotanji Temple, Genkyuen Garden and Hikone Castle Museum. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Genkyuen Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryotanji Temple, and then examine the collection at Hikone Castle Museum.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hikone journey maker website.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Hikone in an hour. Another option is to drive. In July, daytime highs in Hikone are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the world behind art at Kyoto National Museum, then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel planning website.

Traveling by train from Hikone to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hikone in July, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

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.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, and finally have fun at Experience YAMATO.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nara road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Classes · Museums

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.
You've now added Don Quijote to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): look for gifts at Don Quijote, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, shop like a local with Minami (Namba), then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, and finally find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Koya-cho

— 1 night
On the 20th (Wed), examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Koya-cho tour planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Himeji Central Park, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, admire the masterpieces at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, then browse the different shops at Piole Himeji, and finally make a trip to Nigiwai Koryu Hiroba.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji holiday planner.

Drive from Koya-cho to Himeji in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Okayama

— 1 night
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 22nd (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, admire the masterpieces at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), then browse the different shops at AEON MALL Mall Okayama, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, and finally grab your bike and head to Kibi Plain Bicycle Route.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Okayama sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Okayama, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 1 night

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 23rd (Sat): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey planner.

Take a train from Okayama to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks