23 days in East Asia Itinerary

23 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kitakyushu
— 1 night
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
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Kumamoto
— 1 night
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Kagoshima
— 4 nights
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Kinchakuda Manjushage Park in Hidaka, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, enjoy some diversion at teamLab☆Planets, walk around Jonanjima SeasidePark, and enjoy breathtaking views from Observatory, Seaside Top.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip app.

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Paris to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Tours · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
On the 9th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto travel route builder tool.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll around Nakanoshima Park, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Mint Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Osaka day trip website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Himeji

— 2 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Japan Toy Museum, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, admire the landmark architecture of Hiromine Shrine, then walk around Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sunken Garden, Castle Garden.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji vacation builder website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Himeji, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Baths · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Dogo Onsengai, make a trip to Shinrokaku, don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsubaki Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Itami Juzo Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Matsuyama online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Himeji to Matsuyama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Baths · Spas · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Motoyasu River.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

Kitakyushu

— 1 night
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see the interesting displays at TOTO Museum, make a trip to Mojiko Retro Train Shiokaze, then admire the landmark architecture of Old Moji Zeikan, then take a stroll through Mojiko Retro, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Kyushu Railroad Head Quarters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): try to win big at Kokura Horse Tracks, don't miss a visit to Sarakurayama Cable Car Parking Lot, head outdoors with Mt Sarakura, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kawachi Reservoir, then get to know the resident critters at Itozu no Mori Zoological Park, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kokura Castle.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kitakyushu vacation builder app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kitakyushu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kitakyushu can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashii-gu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine, then admire the striking features of Hakata Station, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Shrine, stroll around Yusentei Park, stroll around Ohori Park, then take in the pleasant sights at Fukuoka Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ohorikoen Japanese Garden.

Make your Fukuoka itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Kitakyushu to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Kumamoto

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Newspaper Museum, walk around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church, then admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kumamoto holiday planning website.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In September in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:

Kagoshima

— 4 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yunohira Lookout and Shiroyama Observatory. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shiroyama, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, and don't miss a visit to Ferris Wheel Amuran.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kagoshima trip builder.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kagoshima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:

Kumamoto Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kumamoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.HistoryHistorically, the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

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