7 days in East Asia Itinerary

7 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Fly
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Toyooka
— 1 day
Drive
3
Okayama
— 1 night
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kobe
Drive
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto

— 2 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.
On the 10th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji and then admire the natural beauty at Keishuin Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planning app.

Bangkok, Thailand to Kyoto is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Bangkok in April, expect Kyoto to be colder, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks

Toyooka

— 1 day
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Hachigoro's Tojima Wetland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, walk around Higashiyama Park, then pause for some photo ops at Oishi Riku Ihatsuzuka, and finally pick up some local products at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Toyooka online trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Toyooka by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Okayama

— 1 night
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 13th (Tue), make a trip to Misaoyama Park Satoyama Center and then admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Okayama tour app.

Drive from Toyooka to Okayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. Traveling from Toyooka in April, Okayama is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Himeji route planner.

Take a train from Okayama to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Himeji when traveling from Okayama in April, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Kobe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll around Shukugawa Park and then deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kobe, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks

Side Trip

Osaka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take a stroll through Dotombori District, take in the pleasant sights at Ukiyokoji Street, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums