17 days in East Asia Itinerary

17 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route builder

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route builder tool.

Washington, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Tokyo is 14 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington in September since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker app.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Hiroshima

— 4 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima travel route planner.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21: