60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
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Kumano
— 1 night
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Ise
— 2 nights
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Shirakawa-cho
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 7 nights
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Nikko
— 6 nights
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Fuji
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 9 nights
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ginkakuji Temple. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Uji to see Byodoin about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Gion, admire the natural beauty at Katsura Imperial Villa, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, and steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Japan Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Istanbul in July, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Visit Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Misen and Katsuragahama Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Okunoshima Island (in Takehara) and Matsuyama (Thermal Spas & Matsuyama Castle). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Osaka

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Osaka Castle and Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Visit Hozenji Yokocho and Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan) for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kobe (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Dotombori District, laugh and play at SpaWorld, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Osaka day trip tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara

— 2 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.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally explore the activities along Sarusawa Pond.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Nara trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Koya-cho

— 1 night
On the 31st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Koyasan Daimon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokiin, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fugen-in Temple.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho trip planner.

Getting from Nara to Koya-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In July in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kumano.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Kumano

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Shishiiwa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanano Iwaya Caves, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kiyotaki Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tategasaki.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Kumano trip planning website.

Drive from Koya-cho to Kumano in 3 hours. In July in Kumano, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kumano

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Ise

— 2 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the activities along Futami-ura, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, and finally don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Matsunase Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa Rocks.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ise sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Kumano to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ise can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Shirakawa-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Shirakawa-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Shirakawago Gassho Culture Hall (Old Matsui Family House) and then explore the stunning scenery at Hisuikyo.

To find out how to plan a trip to Shirakawa-cho, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ise to Shirakawa-cho takes 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Shirakawa-cho when traveling from Ise in August, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Higashichaya Old Town and Gokayama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Nomura Family Samurai House and Kanazawa Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Ainokura Gassho Community (in Nanto) and Sakai (Tojimbo Cliff & Maruoka Castle). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, contemplate the waterfront views at Amagozen Cape, and appreciate the views at Kakusenkei Gorge.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Getting from Shirakawa-cho to Kanazawa by car takes about 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 10th (Fri), visit Sanmachi Suji, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Takayama trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 7 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kurumayama Highland and Happoone. Matsumoto Castle and Yohashira Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Yubatake (in Kusatsu-machi), Hakuba Jump Arena (in Hakuba-mura) and Senjojiki Cirque (in Komagane). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Norikura Kogen, take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, snap pictures at Tashiro Bridge, and steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nikko

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Nikko National Park and Lake Chuzenji. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nikko Tosho-gu and Yudaki Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Fukiwarenotaki Falls (in Numata) and Nasu-machi (Nasu Highland Park & Mount Nasudake). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, make a trip to Irohazaka Route, and take in the dramatic natural features at Kagoiwa.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nikko trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Matsumoto to Nikko by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fuji

— 4 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Visiting Mount Fuji and Narusawa Ice Cave will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fuji: Lake Yamanaka (in Yamanakako-mura) and Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura). Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Odana Falls, play a few rounds at Daifuji Golf Club, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jissoji Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fuji attractions planner.

Getting from Nikko to Fuji by car takes about 4 hours. August in Fuji sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Nature · Parks · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba District and Senso-ji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Kōtoku-in and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine are in your itinerary. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka), Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura) and Yokohama (Yokohama Chinatown & Sankeien Gardens). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Akihabara, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and make a trip to Takeshita Street.

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

Traveling by train from Fuji to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fuji in August, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips