30 days in East Asia Itinerary

30 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Nikko
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Kyoto is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 12 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Spas · Parks

Hatsukaichi

— 1 night
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 17th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, stroll around Momijidani Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Awashima Shrine.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hatsukaichi trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hatsukaichi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks

Himeji

— 2 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.
On the 18th (Thu), head outdoors with Gin no Basha Michi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kuwabara Shrine. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Senhime Temmangu Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji vacation builder website.

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trip

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.
On the 20th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kobe Oji Zoo, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum.

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Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

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 22nd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Byodoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara trip planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nagoya

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hikone Castle and Iwamura Castle Ruins. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Nagahama (Keisoku-ji Temple & Jorin-ji Temple), Genkyuen Garden (in Hikone) and Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi). The adventure continues: trek along Nakasendo Magome-juku, get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, don't miss a visit to The Museum Meijimura, and engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya travel route builder app.

You can drive from Nara to Nagoya in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nara in November: highs in Nagoya hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shinyamabiko Bridge and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Kurobe City Museum (in Kurobe), Suganuma Gassho Community (in Nanto) and Yokokan Garden (in Fukui). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, appreciate the views at Kakusenkei Gorge, and don't miss a visit to Zuiryuji Temple.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa route planner.

Drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Takayama

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, and admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Takayama using our trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Takayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then explore the activities along Taisho Pond, and finally visit Matsumoto Castletown Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Norikura Kogen.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto day trip site.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Takayama in December, Matsumoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Nikko

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ryuokyo Canyon and Lake Chuzenji. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Senjogahara Field, take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yunoko Lake.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nikko online journey builder.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in December, things will get a bit warmer in Nikko: highs are around 11°C and lows about 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Takao and Meiji Jingu Gaien. There's much more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hama Rikyu Gardens.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planning site.

Drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Nikko in December, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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Hiroshima Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · History Museums · Islands
Hiroshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island. The capital is the city of Hiroshima. It has a population of around 2.8 million.HistoryThe area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan's recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chūgoku region and was the seat of the Mōri clan until the Battle of Sekigahara.Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few remnants of prewar Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945;The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to "float" during high tide.GeographyHiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Chūgoku. Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture; and rivers produce rich plains near the coast.The province faces Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima Bay opens on the Inland Sea. The prefecture also includes many small islands.

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Osaka Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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Nara Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Wildlife Areas
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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Nagano Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited.Nagano has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition as a world-class winter sport destination, and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.HistorySee Shinano Province.

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Tokyo Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
A tour of Tokyo Prefecture reveals many eateries, markets, and museums, with sightseeing opportunities available for every type of traveler. Bright bursts of lights and billboards on modern buildings contrast the ornate, traditional architecture there. Don't forget to visit Izu Islands, easily accessible from the capital as an ideal day trip option.