51 days in East Asia Itinerary

51 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Himeji
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Kurashiki
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Hiroshima
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Kumamoto
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Fukuoka
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and Kōtoku-in. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba District and Imperial Palace. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama (Sankeien Gardens & Yokohama Chinatown) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Hase-dera Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take a stroll through Asakusa.

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Copenhagen, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Tokyo is 8 hours. Traveling from Copenhagen in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Odawara Castle will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pola Museum of Art and Hakone Craft House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono), Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Tago no Tsuki Honten (in Fuji). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, admire the landmark architecture of Odawara Castle Tenshukaku, explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, and see the interesting displays at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Matsumoto Castle and Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha. Get some cultural insight at Zenko-ji Temple and Suwa Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Karuizawa-machi (Harunire Terrace, Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, &more), Ueda Castle (in Ueda) and Nagano (Zenko-ji Post Office, Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond, and snap pictures at Kappa Bashi.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto online tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Matsumoto: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Kanazawa Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Takayama Jinya and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Katsuyama (Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum & Dokidoki Kyoryu Hakkutsu Land), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum & Nagase house) and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, stop by MIKOTO Tea House, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa holiday maker.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Matsumoto in May since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Nishijin Textile Center. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Venture out of the city with trips to Byodoin (in Uji), Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

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You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Dotombori District and Koyasan Okunoin are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street or Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Jokiin, Mt. Koya, &more) and Nara (Walking tours, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel route planning app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Himeji

— 1 night
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 10th (Thu), browse the different shops at Piole Himeji, go for a walk through Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then look for gifts at Miyuki Street, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Sanyo Department Store.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in June: highs in Himeji hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Himeji

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Kurashiki

— 4 nights
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
For shopping fun, head to Mamekichi Hompo, Kurashiki or Sun Station Terrace Okayama. Popular historic sites such as Matsue Castle and Okayama Castle are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kurashiki: Matsue (Matsue Shrine, Buke Yashiki, &more), Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & AEON MALL Mall Okayama) and Takamatsu (Shikoku Mura Village & Ritsurin Garden). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, examine the collection at Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Kurashiki day trip website.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kurashiki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Kurashiki are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

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.
Popular historic sites such as Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Hiroshima Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Senjokaku, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, browse the different shops at AEON MALL Hiroshima Fuchu, take in the exciting artwork at Schmoe House, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Kurashiki to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the galleries of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, get to know the fascinating history of Statue of KATO Kiyomasa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally browse the different shops at Shimotori Shotengai. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to JR Kumamoto Station, browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Kumamoto, don't miss a visit to Shinshigai Shotengai, then don't miss a visit to Kumamon Square, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lafcadio Hearn House, and finally browse the range of quality goods at Tsuruya Department Store.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto day trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 5 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Get some historical perspective at Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Onojo - Chikuzenkoku. Shop till you drop at teamLab Future Park Canal City Hakata and Fukuoka Washita Shop. Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Tenkai Inari Shrine, &more) and Tosu Premium Outlets (in Tosu). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohori Park, and pick up some local products at Osakana Tengoku.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips