44 days in East Asia Itinerary

44 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 9 nights
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Kyoto
— 10 nights
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Nara
— 9 nights
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Takamatsu
— 8 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 6 nights
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Tokyo

— 9 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: Odawara Kokian (in Odawara), Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)) and Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, walk around Ueno Park, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 10 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Shimin Fureai no Sato (in Osakasayama), Nagoya (Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, Tokugawa Art Museum, &more) and Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Nara

— 9 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nara: Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more), Saiku Heian no Mori (in Meiwa-cho) and Ise (Jingu Chokokan Museum & Ise Grand Shrine). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, stroll around Kiminocho Kamifureai Park, and see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nara vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Nara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 8 nights

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takamatsu: Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, &more), Okayama (Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, Okayama Korakuen Garden, &more) and Zentsuji (Kyu Zentsujikaikosya & Nogi Museum). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Bizan, step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, and don't miss a visit to Zuiganji Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Takamatsu trip maker site.

You can drive from Nara to Takamatsu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nara in May, plan for little chillier nights in Takamatsu, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Kosanji Temple (in Onomichi), Miyajima (Mt. Misen & Shishiiwa Tenbodai) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima driving holiday tool.

Getting from Takamatsu to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips