9 days in East Asia Itinerary

9 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday maker

Make it your trip
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Osaka
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kawaguchi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Tsurumi. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashihara Jingu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, then browse the different shops at Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Tsurumi, and finally shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, and finally take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka itinerary planning app.

Boracay, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Boracay to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In December, Osaka is cooler than Boracay - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Kawaguchi

— 1 night
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saifuku-ji Temple, examine the collection at Visual Museum, then head outdoors with Ario Kawaguchimae Koen Hiroba, then explore the world behind art at Kawaguchi Municipal Art Gallery Atlia, and finally take a stroll around Kawaguchi Lilia.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kawaguchi online holiday planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kawaguchi by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In December in Kawaguchi, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Museums · Shopping · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Jojakkoji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mukashi Ningyo Aoyama / K1-Doll and Toji. Change things up with a short trip to Hikone Castle in Hikone (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Toraya Kyoto Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and stroll through Mt. Kurama.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online visit planner.

Drive from Kawaguchi to Kyoto in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Kobe

— 2 nights
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 14th (Sat), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rokko, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, then take in the exciting artwork at Tor Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki). On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine, wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, and then see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World.

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

Take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Kobe, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip