48 days in East Asia Itinerary

48 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train
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Yokohama
— 6 nights
Subway to Shin-Yokohama, Train to Nagoya
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Himeji
— 4 nights
Train
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Okayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naruto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kochi
— 2 nights
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Uchiko-cho
— 1 night
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Matsuyama
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko). Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, shop like a local with Asakusa, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo planning website.

Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Billund to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Billund in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama

— 6 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.
Do your shopping at Yokohama Chinatown and Mooneyes Area-1. Venture out of the city with trips to Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba), Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, take a stroll around BankART Temporary, and wander the streets of Yokohama Minato Mirai 21.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yokohama vacation planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
For shopping fun, head to Kumihimo Hirai or Toki Premium Outlets. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Ise (Okageza, Ise Shrine Geku, &more), Nakatsugawa (Nakasendo Magome-juku & Magome Observatory) and Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, stroll around Tsuruma Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Oasis 21.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of subway and train from Yokohama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Nagoya are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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.
Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Building. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto attractions planner.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Osaka

— 5 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.
Head to Dotombori District and Minami (Namba)for some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Fukuchi-in Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kobe

— 2 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.
On the 29th (Thu), deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, then stroll around Meriken Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan), take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally walk around Shukugawa Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kobe road trip website.

Drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Himeji

— 4 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.
Head to Michi-no-Eki Mitsu and Sanyo Department Storefor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Tottori (Hakuto Shrine, The Sand Museum, &more) and Ako Oishi Shrine (in Ako). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, explore the world behind art at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Himeji are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): browse the different shops at AEON MALL Mall Okayama, then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kyobashi Morning Market. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, admire the landmark architecture of Chugoku Bank Kurashiki Hommachi Branch Office, then stop by Mamekichi Hompo, Kurashiki, then admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, and finally browse the different shops at Mitsui Outlet Park Kurashiki.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Okayama trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Okayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Himeji in May, Okayama is little chillier at night with lows of 16°C. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Naruto.

Things to do in Okayama

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Naruto

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Get out of town with these interesting Naruto side-trips: Izanagi Shrine (in Awaji) and Tokushima (Mount Bizan & Awa Odori Hall). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, make a trip to Uzu no Michi, stop by Kitanada Sea Station, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Naruto tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Okayama to Naruto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Okayama in May, plan for slightly colder days in Naruto, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 2 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.
On the 10th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Takamatsu Castle, contemplate the long history of Hiunkaku, take in nature's colorful creations at Tamamo Park, then stroll around Ritsurin Garden, then stop by Kagawa Bussankan Ritsurinan, and finally browse the different shops at Marugamemachi GREEN. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotohira-gu, admire the striking features of JR Kotohira Station, steep yourself in history at Marugame Castle, then snap pictures at Great Seto Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yashima-ji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Yashima.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Takamatsu online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Naruto to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Naruto in May, Takamatsu is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Kochi

— 2 nights
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hirome Ichiba, get to know the fascinating history of Sunday Market, make a trip to Harimaya Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenshibuji Temple. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, get engrossed in the history at Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, then get outside with Katsura Hama, then enjoy breathtaking views from Ryuomisaki Lookout, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Katsurahama Ryuogu Shrine.

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Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Kochi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In May in Kochi, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Uchiko-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Uchiko-cho

— 1 night
Uchiko is a town located in Kita District, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.On January 1, 2005 the town of Ikazaki, from Kita District; and the town of Oda, from Kamiukena District, were merged into Uchiko.As of April 1, 2017 (after this merger), the town has an estimated population of 16,172 and a density of 54 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Machiya Resource Center, steep yourself in history at Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, contemplate the long history of Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, look for gifts at Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki, then admire the landmark architecture of Former Katsudo Shashinkan, Asahikan, and finally get engrossed in the history at Akinai to Kurashi Wax Doll Museum.

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Traveling by car from Kochi to Uchiko-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Uchiko-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Matsuyama

— 4 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
For shopping fun, head to Emifull Masaki or Matsuyama Gintengai. Get out of town with these interesting Matsuyama side-trips: Imabari (Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, Statue of Todo Takatora, &more) and Takehara (Power Plant Ruins, Okunoshima Island, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, and wander the streets of Dogo Onsengai.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Uchiko-cho to Matsuyama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Shikoku travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.