8 days in East Asia Itinerary

8 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip maker

Make it your trip
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Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Saitama
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights

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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 Universal Studios Japan. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, get engrossed in the history at Kasuga Taisha Museum, then walk around Nara Park, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

Before you visit Osaka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

If you are flying in from Philippines, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Saitama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Saitama

— 1 night
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushi Shrine and then steep yourself in history at Toki no Kane.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Saitama trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Saitama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Saitama can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Saitama

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 3 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 day by day itinerary now includes Ghibli Museum Mitaka as well as Mujirushi Ryohin Ginza. Asakusa Shrine and Jindai-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. teamLab☆Planets and The National Art Center, Tokyo will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Tokyo to go to Koganei and see Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, and stroll through Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo vacation planner.

Getting from Saitama to Tokyo by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Saitama Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Saitama Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Saitama.This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which a large number of residents commute each day.HistoryAccording to Sendai Kuji Hongi, Chichibu was one of 137 provinces during the reign of Emperor Sujin. Chichibu Province was in western Saitama.Saitama Prefecture was formerly part of the old Musashi Province.In the fifth year of the Keiun era, deposits of copper were reported to have been found in the Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture.The Saitama area was historically known as a fertile agricultural region which produced much of the food for the Kantō region. During the Edo period, many fudai daimyōs ruled small domains within the Saitama area.After World War II, as Tokyo expanded rapidly and modern transportation allowed longer commutes, the lack of available land in Tokyo led to the rapid development of Saitama Prefecture, where the population has nearly tripled since 1960. Most of the cities in the prefecture are closely connected to downtown Tokyo by metropolitan rail, and operate largely as residential and commercial suburbs of Tokyo.

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