36 days in East Asia Itinerary

36 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Okayama
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Yamaguchi
— 2 nights
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Shimonoseki
— 2 nights
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Hagi
— 2 nights
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Matsue
— 3 nights
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Tottori
— 5 nights
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Toyooka
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba District, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, get your game on at Cat Cafe Singeki Cat, and get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route site.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

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 1st (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en and then don't miss a visit to Otemae Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Himeji online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Himeji in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. You'll set off for Okayama on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Okayama

— 3 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Okayama: Kurashiki (Great Seto Bridge, Ohara Museum of Art, &more) and Takamatsu (Takamasu Port & Ritsurin Garden). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, relax in the rural setting at Kibi Farm Pika Pika, admire the masterpieces at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), and explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Okayama trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Okayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Himeji in November since evenings lows in Okayama dip to 44°F. On the 6th (Fri), you're off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Yamaguchi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Yamaguchi

— 2 nights

Kyoto of the West

Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rurikoji Temple, and then make a trip to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Omura Masujiro Birth House, make a trip to Hofu tenman-gu, then explore the fascinating underground world of Akiyoshido, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamaguchi travel planning app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Yamaguchi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, daily temperatures in Yamaguchi can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Shimonoseki.

Things to do in Yamaguchi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Baths

Side Trips

Shimonoseki

— 2 nights

Fugu Capital

A bustling port town noted as the site of two major battles in Japan's history, Shimonoseki also attracts gourmands as the world capital of the potentially poisonous pufferfish, or fugu--prepared only by licensed chefs and considered a delicacy.
On the 12th (Thu), make a trip to Kokura Station Building, wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, and then snap pictures at Blue Wing Moji. Keep things going the next day: stop by Karato market, look for gifts at Kamonwharf, then appreciate the history behind St. Francis Xavier Shimonoseki Jorikunoji, then take in the views from Tsunoshimao Bridge, and finally step off the mainland to explore Tsunoshima.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shimonoseki vacation planner.

Take a train from Yamaguchi to Shimonoseki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Shimonoseki, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 14th (Sat), you're off to Hagi.

Things to do in Shimonoseki

Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Hagi

— 2 nights
A quiet castle town with a wealth of historic sites, Hagi draws visitors with its solid collection of traditional Japanese architecture.
On the 14th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Kikuya Family Residence and then make a trip to Hagi Castle Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): make a trip to Ryuguno Shiofuki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motonosumi Shrine, then take some stellar pictures from Senjojiki, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokoji Temple.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hagi travel planner.

Traveling by train from Shimonoseki to Hagi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November in Hagi, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hagi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Matsue

— 3 nights
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rokusho Shrine, explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sada Shrine, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally examine the collection at Gogin Karakoro Museum.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Matsue travel planner.

Traveling by train from Hagi to Matsue takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. November in Matsue sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 47°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Thu) before leaving for Tottori.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Tottori

— 5 nights
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Get out of town with these interesting Tottori side-trips: Kurayoshi (Ibuki Park, Shirakabe Dozogun Akagawara, &more), Shinonsen-cho (Yumechiyokan, Arayu, &more) and Misasa-cho (Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple & Yakushi-do). There's lots more to do: stroll through Tottori Sand Dunes, make a trip to Hayabusa Station, steep yourself in history at Tottori Castle Ruins, and examine the collection at Tottori Karo Kanikkokan.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Tottori tour planner.

You can take a train from Matsue to Tottori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Toyooka.

Things to do in Tottori

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Toyooka

— 2 nights
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 24th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shisho Shrine, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Genbudo Park, stroll through Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork, then make a trip to Izushi Castle Town, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Izushi Brewery.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Toyooka sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Tottori to Toyooka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Tokyo

— 5 nights
See even more of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To plan Tokyo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Toyooka to Tokyo by train takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight; or drive. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chugoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · History Museums
The western portion of the island of Honshu, Chugoku features two distinct seacoasts. The area along the Seto Inland Sea represents one of Japan's most industrialized and urbanized sections, while the coastline lapped by the Sea of Japan remains more rural--as well as less touristy. Both areas offer plenty of vacation ideas in Chugoku, with pilgrimages to see over 30 historic temples among the most popular things to do here. The region also contains Hiroshima, which is not only the site of the infamous atomic bombing, but also a modern urban center with a busy nightlife and a cosmopolitan atmosphere that appeals to foreign tourists.