31 days in East Asia Itinerary

31 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner

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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Naruto
— 1 night
Drive
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Iwami-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Kobe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Fuji
— 3 nights
Drive
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Urayasu
— 1 night
Drive
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Noda
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Miyajima and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Visit Itsukushima Shrine and Daishoin Temple for their historical value. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Itsukushima Gekijyo in Hatsukaichi, about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

Before you visit Hiroshima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Casablanca, Morocco to Hiroshima is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Casablanca in March, things will get little chillier in Hiroshima: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Kaminoshima Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Magome Catholic Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Michael Catholic Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of Seishin Convent Nagasaki, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Kapitan Room.

Make your Nagasaki itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Naruto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Naruto

— 1 night
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, explore the activities along Naruto Strait, then don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Oasahiko Shrine.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Naruto road trip planning app.

Fly from Nagasaki to Naruto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Nagasaki in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Naruto: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Iwami-cho

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Natanejima Island, kick back and relax at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, kick back and relax at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Uradome Coast, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Tottori Sand Dunes.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Iwami-cho trip maker.

Drive from Naruto to Iwami-cho in 4 hours. Traveling from Naruto in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Iwami-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Visit Himeji Castle and Mudoji Temple for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Mukogawa Valley and Mt. Rokko. Change things up with these side-trips from Kobe: Koko-en (in Himeji), Site of Miyama Batttery (in Wakayama) and Yoneda Taishiji Temple (in Takasago). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, stop by Kobe Harborland, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobe Muslim Mosque.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Iwami-cho to Kobe in 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in Kobe are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotombori District and Nara Park. Get outdoors at Mt. Koya and Japan Tour Adventure in Nara. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Farm Market Yottette Michi no Eki Kudoyama (in Kudoyama-cho), Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine & Kofuku-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Buildingfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, and go for a walk through Gion.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Fuji

— 3 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Get some historical perspective at Ohatago Kashiwaya Historical Museum and Higashi Gomon Gate. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Fuji and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Fuji side-trips: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba), Susono (Keigashima Canyon & Goryuno Falls) and Satta-toge Pass (in Shizuoka). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Tago no Tsuki Honten and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwamoto.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Fuji road trip site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Fuji in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April in Fuji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Urayasu.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Urayasu

— 1 night
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): look for gifts at Coconut, Tsudanuma, discover the deep blue sea with Coconut Makuhari Hongo, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ikspiari, and finally get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Urayasu visit planner.

Getting from Fuji to Urayasu by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Noda.

Things to do in Urayasu

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Noda

— 1 night
Noda is a city located in far northwestern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.As of April 2012, the city has an estimated population of 155,644 and a population density of 1500 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koryu-zan Tokaiji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Tone Canal, look for all kinds of wild species at Campbelltown Forest of Wild Birds, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakuragi Shrine, and finally tee off at Murasaki Country Club Murasaki Ayame Course.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Noda tour builder app.

You can drive from Urayasu to Noda in an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Noda

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your 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.
Do your shopping at Ginza and Takeshita Street. Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stop by Odaiba District, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Noda to Tokyo takes an hour. While traveling from Noda, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Tottori Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Sacred & Religious Sites
Tottori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region. The capital is the city of Tottori. It is the least populous prefecture in Japan.EtymologyThe word "Tottori" in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "bird" and the second, means "to get". Early residents in the area made their living catching the region's plentiful waterfowl. The name first appears in the Nihon shoki in the 23rd year of the Emperor Suiko when Yukuha Tana, an elder from the Izumo, visits the emperor. The imperial Prince Homatsu-wake was unable to speak, despite being 30 years of age. "Yukuha Tana presented the swan to the emperor. Homatsu-wake no Mikoto played with this swan and at last learned to speak. Therefore, Yukaha Tana was liberally rewarded, and was granted the title of Tottori no Miyakko." (Aston, translation)HistoryEarly historyTottori Prefecture was settled very early in the prehistoric period of Japan, as evidenced by remains from the Jōmon period (14,000 - 300 BC). The prefecture has the remains of the largest known Yayoi period (300 BC - 250 AD) settlement in Japan, the Mukibanda Yayoi remains, located in the low foothills of Mount Daisen in the cities of Daisen and Yonago. Numerous kofun tumuli from the Kofun period (250 - 538) are located across the prefecture. In 645, under the Taika reforms, the area in present-day Tottori Prefecture became two provinces, Hōki and Inaba.

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Chiba Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Disney Parks & Activities · Historic Sites · Parks
Chiba Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region and the Greater Tokyo Area. The sixth most populous prefecture, and 27th largest by land area, Chiba is on the east coast of Honshu and largely consists of the Bōsō Peninsula, which encloses the eastern side of Tokyo Bay. Its capital is Chiba City.EtymologyThe name of Chiba Prefecture in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "thousand" and the second, means "leaves". The name first appears as an ancient kuni no miyatsuko, or regional command office, as the Chiba Kuni no Miyatsuko. The name was adopted by a branch of the Taira clan, which moved to the area in present-day Chiba City in the late Heian period. The branch of the Taira adopted the name and became the Chiba clan, and held strong influence over the area of the prefecture until the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The name "Chiba" was chosen for the prefecture at the time its creation in 1873 by the, an early Meiji-period body of prefectural governors that met to decide the structure of local and regional administration in Japan.The compound word, which refers to the Tokyo-Chiba region, is formed from the second character in Tokyo, and the second character in Chiba, which can also be pronounced “kei” and “yō” respectively. This compound is used in terms such as the Keiyō Line, Keiyō Road, Keiyō Rinkai Railway Rinkai Main Line, and the Keiyō Industrial Zone.

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