32 days in East Asia Itinerary

32 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Yokohama
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Kobe
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 8 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour planner.

Prague, Czech Republic to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Prague to Tokyo. In August, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Prague - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Yokohama

— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yokohama: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Yokohama Museum of Art, stroll through Sankeien Gardens, examine the collection at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, and walk around Yamashita Park.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yokohama tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko. On the next day, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, cruise along Hakone Skyline, then stroll through Atami Sun Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinomiya Shrine, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi attractions website.

Getting from Yokohama to Hakone-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. Traveling from Yokohama in August, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Takayama

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Tue), sample the tasty concoctions at Watanabe Sake Brewery, contemplate the long history of Wada House, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and finally explore the activities along Miyagawa River. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, see the interesting displays at Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally look for gifts at Shofuen Matsuno Chaho.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Gyoja no Taki (in Izumisano). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip site.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Osaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Osaka, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Yoshikien, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then walk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Todaiji Keidaicho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then take in panoramic vistas at Nara Prefectural Office Bldg. Rooftop Plaza, then get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nara road trip site.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Nara, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Kobe

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, get your bearings at Awaji Highway Oasis, wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, then gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kobe Animal Kingdom, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

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

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kobe, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima route planning website.

Getting from Kobe to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You'll set off for Fukuoka on the 30th (Tue).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Fukuoka

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Fukuoka Castle Ruins, walk around Ohori Park, take a stroll through Nakasu District, then take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip