35 days in Taiwan, Baoshan & Japan Itinerary

35 days in Taiwan, Baoshan & Japan Itinerary

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35 days in Taiwan, Baoshan & Japan Itinerary

Start: Darwin, Australia
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Baoshan, China
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
2
Keelung, Taiwan
— 1 day
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Ishigaki, Japan
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
5
Kagoshima, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Kobe, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
9
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Shimizu-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Darwin, Australia


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1
day
Baoshan, China

Baoshan
'' is a prefecture-level city in western Yunnan province, People's Republic of China. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Longwang Lake.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Baoshan online trip itinerary planner .

Darwin, Australia to Baoshan is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (Northern Territory) (ACST) to China Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Keelung.

Things to do in Baoshan

Historic Sites Nature Parks

1
day
Keelung, Taiwan

Keelung ©
A rainy port city close to the capital, Keelung appeals to visitors with its famous night market and wealth of historic structures.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Wangyou Valley.

You can plan Keelung trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Baoshan to Keelung with the Route module. In November in Keelung, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Keelung

Nature Parks
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Wangyou Valley ©
Wangyou Valley

4
nights
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung ©
A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area and Seaside Park. Get some cultural insight at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and Chimei Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kaohsiung side-trips: Siao Liou Ciou Ge Ban Bay Beach Venice Beach (in Pingtung) and Jinlun Hot Spring (in Taimali). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Pier-2 Art Centre, head outdoors with Ai He (Love River), and get engrossed in the history at Da Chi Nei Yun Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaohsiung online holiday builder .

Traveling by train from Keelung to Kaohsiung takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Keelung, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kaohsiung, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chimei Museum, Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area, Jinlun Hot Spring, Siao Liou Ciou Ge Ban Bay Beach Venice Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre

4
nights
Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonehara Beach and Fusaki Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. There's lots more to do: stroll through Kondoi Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shiraho Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Kaohsiung to Ishigaki takes 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaohsiung to Ishigaki. In November in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach

4
nights
Kagoshima, Japan

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Sengan-en Garden and Sekiyoshi Sluice Gate of Yoshino Leat will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Sakurajima and Takachihonomine. Get out of town with these interesting Kagoshima side-trips: Chiran Peace Museum (in Minamikyushu), Ibusuki (Onsen Resorts, Fushime Coast, & more) and Kirishima Shrine (in Kirishima). It doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kagoshima trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Kagoshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Ishigaki in November, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Kagoshima: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ibusuki, Kirishima Shrine, Takachihonomine, Chiran Peace Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum

4
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some historical perspective at Miyajima and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi), Matsuyama (Matsuyama Castle & Onsen Resorts) and Tobeyaki Traditional Industry Museum (in Tobe-cho). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey planner .

Getting from Kagoshima to Hiroshima by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama, Tobeyaki Traditional Industry Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
nights
Kobe, Japan

Kobe ©
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.
Himeji Castle and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Chinatown (Nankinmachi) or Kobe Harborland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kobe: Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House (in Takarazuka), Mt Shosha hiking (in Himeji) and Unitopia Sasayama (in Sasayama). Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach, appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, and examine the collection at Kobe Fashion Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kobe trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kobe are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Himeji, Unitopia Sasayama, Mukogawa Valley, Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach
Highlights from your plan
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Visiting Nara Park and Fuuka-Kimono will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gion and Dotonbori. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Museum of Oriental Ceramics & Osaka Castle) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto online road trip planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, and make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Shimizu-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Shimizu-cho, Japan

Shimizu-cho
On the 19th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kannami Cherry Blossom Trees, then make a trip to Izumi no Yakata, then explore the activities along Susono Fishing Park, and finally stroll around Kakitagawa Park.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Shimizu-cho trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Shimizu-cho takes 2 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Shimizu-cho, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shimizu-cho

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Susono Fishing Park, Kannami Cherry Blossom Trees

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