8 days in East Asia Itinerary

8 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Osaka
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Kawagoe
— 1 night
Train
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Saitama
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 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 Osaka Free Walking Tour, Osaka Castle and Universal Studios Japan. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, gain interesting insight with Osaka Free Walking Tour, and then take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Osaka attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Philippines, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Pontocho District.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto attractions planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to fly to Kawagoe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Kawagoe

— 1 night

Little Edo

Situated just outside of Tokyo, Kawagoe entices visitors with its historic, Edo period architecture, reminiscent of a Japan of the past.
On the 18th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawagoe Hachimangu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Five Thousand Soaring Dragons Seitenkyu Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, and finally make a trip to Toki no Kane.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kawagoe trip builder site.

Fly from Kyoto to Kawagoe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kawagoe are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saitama.

Things to do in Kawagoe

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Saitama

— 1 night
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
You've now added The Railway Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get around town with The Railway Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Toki no Kane, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi Shrine.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Saitama trip itinerary planning tool.

Saitama is very close to Kawagoe. In October in Saitama, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Saitama

Historic Sites · Transportation · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 2 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 Asakusa, MUJI Yurakucho and Tokyo Tower. On the 20th (Wed), stop by Ueno District, then stop by Asakusa, then stop by MUJI Yurakucho, and finally don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Saitama to Tokyo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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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