50 days in East Asia Itinerary

50 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Kamakura
— 4 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Nara
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
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Takamatsu
— 3 nights
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Hatsukaichi
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Mito
— 2 nights
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Miyazu
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Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Shakotan-cho
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Shakotan-cho
— 3 nights
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— 4 nights
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Kamakura

— 4 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
You've added Hakusan Shrine, Sankeien Gardens, Myohoji Temple (Kokedera Temple), and other attractions to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Hase-dera Temple and Kencho-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Engaku-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kamakura: Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi) and Mt. Nokogiri Nihon-ji Temple (in Kyonan-machi). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and don't miss a visit to Hokoku-ji Temple Bamboo Grove.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Kamakura trip builder tool.

Taipei, Taiwan to Kamakura is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Taipei Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Expect colder weather when traveling from Taipei in April: highs in Kamakura hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Komuroyama Park as well as Lake Ashinoko. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine and Kunozan Toshogu Shrine. Visit Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja and Mishima Taisha for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Itchiku Kubota Art Museum (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Fujiyoshida (Chureito Pagoda & Arakurayama Sengen Park) and Atami (Izusan Jinja Shrine, Kiunkaku, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi route website.

Drive from Kamakura to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Nara.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Nara

— 4 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.
You've added Todai-ji Temple, Isuien Garden, Nara Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Popular historic sites such as Kasuga Grand Shrine and Kongobu-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Nigatsu-do Temple and Horyu-ji Temple. Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara), Koya-cho (Koyasan Daishi Kyokai & Koyasan Danjo Garan) and Muroji Temple (in Uda). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Kinpusenji Temple and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

Plan trip to Nara with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Hakone-machi to Nara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nara, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Nanzen-ji Temple, Eikando Zenrinji Temple, Pontocho District, and other attractions. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Heian Shrine and Daigo-ji Temple. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ninna-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoshinji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

Take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kanazawa Castle as well as Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa road trip planning tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Beaches

Side Trips

Kitakyushu

— 2 nights
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom as well as Kozan Park. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): mix with locals at Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Kozan Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kitakyushu travel route planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Kitakyushu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, Kitakyushu is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Events

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Takamatsu

— 3 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Fuji Park, Takamatsu Castle, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and other attractions. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shikoku Mura Village and Yakuriji Temple. Step out of Takamatsu to go to Kurashiki and see Former Nozakike House, which is approximately 56 minutes away.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Takamatsu vacation planner.

Getting from Kitakyushu to Takamatsu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. April in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi

— 5 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Momijidani Park, Tahoto, Gojuno To, and other attractions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daishoin Temple and Mashikeitsukushima Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Senjokaku and Imaise Shrine. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyama Shrine and take an in-depth tour of Miyajima History Folk Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hatsukaichi vacation website.

Traveling by train from Takamatsu to Hatsukaichi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Hatsukaichi, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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.
You've added Namba Yasaka Shrine, Minoo Park, Dotombori District, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Osaka Castle and Tenjinzaka. Popular historic sites such as Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Hozenji Yokocho are in your itinerary. When in Osaka, make a side trip to see Mt. Yoshino in Yoshino-cho, approximately Yoshino-cho away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka road trip planner.

You can take a train from Hatsukaichi to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Mito.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mito

— 2 nights
Quaint and historic, Mito serves as the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, once a castle town and stronghold for the Edo-period Mito clan.
Kairakuen Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Oyama-ji Temple Tomiya Kannon and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amabiki Kannon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanazono Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Kairakuen Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Semba Boadwalk, and finally contemplate the long history of Hakkedo.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mito road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Mito takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Osaka in May, plan for little chillier nights in Mito, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Miyazu.

Things to do in Mito

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Miyazu

— 2 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shirai Omachi Fuji Park as well as Amanohashidate. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): walk around Kasamatsu Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nariaiji Temple, then snap pictures at Kaisenkyo Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-ji Temple. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate and then stroll around Shirai Omachi Fuji Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Miyazu sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Mito to Miyazu in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Mito in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Miyazu, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Shakotan-cho

— 3 nights
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cape Shakotan, Cape Kamui and Shakotan Peninsula. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): make a trip to Cape Shakotan, then stroll through Cape Kamui, and then explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Setakamui Rock, steep yourself in history at Nishindenshukan Yamashime Banya, then explore the activities along Ogon Misaki, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho trip itinerary planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Miyazu to Shakotan-cho. Traveling from Miyazu in May, things will get slightly colder in Shakotan-cho: highs are around 58°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nikko

— 4 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kohoen Park, Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and other attractions you added. Do some cultural sightseeing at Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Oya temple.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nikko road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Shakotan-cho to Nikko with the Route module. Traveling from Shakotan-cho in May, expect Nikko to be somewhat warmer, temps between 69°F and 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 3 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Higashiyama Walking Course, Sanmachi Suji, Nakamachi Street, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Matsushiro and Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum. Visit Fukashi Shrine and Nunobiki Kannon for their historical value. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hodaka Shrine Okumiya and take an in-depth tour of Azusagawa Akademia Hall.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Matsumoto online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in May, Matsumoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips