9 days in Tokyo, Kobe & Taipei Itinerary

9 days in Tokyo, Kobe & Taipei Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kobe, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
3
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
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 Odaiba District. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online tour builder.

Washington DC, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 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, thenexplore the striking landscape at Kazefukiiwa, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kobe Municipal Arboretum.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kobe online attractions planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kobe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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

Nature Parks 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 Lungshan Temple. Step out of Taipei to go to Wanli and see YehLiu Geopark, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, grab your bike and head to Keelung River Right Bank Bike Trail, and contemplate the long history of Heritage And Culture Education Center Of Taipei.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Taipei trip planner.

You can fly from Kobe to Taipei in 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Taipei Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Kobe in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Taipei: highs are around 71°F and lows about 59°F. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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