52 days in Japan & Taiwan Itinerary

52 days in Japan & Taiwan Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan
— 4 nights
Taxi to Shin-Fuji(Shizuoka), Train to Hikone
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Hikone, Japan
— 3 nights
Train to Shin-Osaka, Train to Koya-cho
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Koya-cho, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto, Japan
— 7 nights
Train
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Himeji, Japan
— 3 nights
Train
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Hatsukaichi, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly to Taiwan Taoyuan, Train to Hualien
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Hualien, Taiwan
— 5 nights
Train to Fangliao, Bus to Hengchun
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Hengchun, Taiwan
— 2 nights
Bus to Zuoying, Train to Taipei
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 6 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 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.
Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba District. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama) and Ochiai River and Minamisawa Springs (in Higashikurume). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour planning tool.

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. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Billund in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Japan

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Pola Museum of Art. Visiting Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and Otome Toge will get you outdoors. Step out of Hakone-machi to go to Gotemba and see Gotemba Premium Outlets, which is approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, look for gifts at Hamamatsuya, and don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi online day trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Japan

— 4 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mount Fuji and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Kawaguchi and Fujinomiya Route. Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Fujinomiya (Kengamine & Shiraito Falls). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Ryugatake, tee off at Fuji Classic, make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fujikawaguchiko-machi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Hikone.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikone, Japan

— 3 nights
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Get outdoors at Takeshima Island and Metasequoia Namiki. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hikone Castle and Taga Taisha. Explore Hikone's surroundings by going to Nihonkai Sakana Machi (in Tsuruga), Omihachiman (Azuchi Castle Ruins, Hachiman-bori, &more) and Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo (in Ryuo-cho). There's still lots to do: stop by Itoju Honten, appreciate the history behind Ii Naomasa Statue, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurokabe Square, and don't miss a visit to Hikone Castle Tenshu.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hikone road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hikone takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March, expect nights in Hikone to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Japan

— 3 nights
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mt. Koya and Kodai-in Temple. Head to Farm Market Yottette Michi no Eki Kudoyama and Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompofor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Koya-cho side-trips: Shori-ji Temple (in Kudoyama-cho) and Yoshino-cho (Mt. Yoshino & Yoshimizu Shrine).

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Getting from Hikone to Koya-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Japan

— 3 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 Osaka Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and Minami (Namba)for plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Experience YAMATO, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Osaka online holiday planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto, Japan

— 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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get outdoors at Hero Tour Japan and Ume Sakura. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour planning website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Himeji, Japan

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Himeji Castle and Tegarayama Exchange Station. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Takamikura and Mt Shosha hiking. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Amore Beach (in Akashi), Awaji Highway Oasis (in Awaji) and Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets (in Kobe). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Himeji Central Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Japan

— 3 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Get outdoors at Miyajima and Mt. Misen. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Itsukushima Shrine and Daishoin Temple. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods, make a trip to Gojuno To, and look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street.

To find maps and other tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi journey maker website.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hatsukaichi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Hatsukaichi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Hualien.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Hualien, Taiwan

— 5 nights
Get in touch with nature at Taroko Gorge and Baiyang Trail. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lintienshan Forestry Culture Park and Gangtiangong.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hualien trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Hatsukaichi to Hualien takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Taipei Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hengchun.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Hengchun, Taiwan

— 2 nights
Located on the southern tip of the eponymous peninsula, Hengchun serves as the entry point to Kenting National Park, often attracting more travelers than locals with its tropical beach resorts and bustling night markets.
National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium and Hengchun Old Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Kenting National Park and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kenting Dajianshan, enjoy the sand and surf at White Sand Bay, make a trip to Feng Chui Sha, and explore the striking landscape at Chuhuo Special Scenic Area.

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Traveling by car from Hualien to Hengchun takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Taipei, Taiwan

— 6 nights

City of Azaleas

Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and National Palace Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Yangmingshan National Park and MyTaiwanTour Travel Services will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: YOLO Taiwan (in Dayuan), Wanli (YehLiu Geopark & Camel Mountain) and Keelung Mountain (in Ruifang). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Taipei 101, stop by Anta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lungshan Temple, and view the masterpieces at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Taipei online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hengchun to Taipei in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Hengchun in April, expect Taipei to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Taiwan travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops · Shopping Malls
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.