8 days in East Asia Itinerary

8 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 1 day
Train
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Kobe
— 1 night
Fly

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Fukuoka

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom as well as Yanagawa River Boat. Take a break from Fukuoka with a short trip to Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto, about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, and get engrossed in the history at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka online tour planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Fukuoka is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, expect Fukuoka to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Events

Side Trips

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Umeda Sky Building as well as Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, and finally shop like a local with Dotombori District.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka route planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Osaka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Nara

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): stroll around Nara Park, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Nara sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Kyoto

— 1 day
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 17th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Nara in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 23°C in Kyoto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Kobe

— 1 night
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.
On the 18th (Fri), soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower, wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and then gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

To see maps and more tourist information, use the Kobe itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Kobe, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Baths