9 days in Tokyo, Kobe & Taipei Itinerary

9 days in Tokyo, Kobe & Taipei Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC, United States
Bus + Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kobe, Japan
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Train:  7 h
3
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Washington DC, United States

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba District, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online journey planner.

Washington DC, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

1
night
Kobe, Japan

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.
On the 17th (Wed), examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Kozataki Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Kazefukiiwa, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kobe Municipal Arboretum.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kobe online attractions planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kobe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March in Kobe, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Kozataki Falls
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Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

3
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Visiting Yangmingshan National Park and Fengguikou will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at National Palace Museum and Heritage And Culture Education Center Of Taipei. Step out of Taipei to go to Wanli and see YehLiu Geopark, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Lungshan Temple, explore the landscape on two wheels at Keelung River Right Bank Bike Trail, and pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Taipei route planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Kobe to Taipei takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Taipei Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Kobe in March, expect Taipei to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

YehLiu Geopark
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park
Lungshan Temple ©
Lungshan Temple

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