34 days in East Asia Itinerary

34 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Ise
— 2 nights
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Kumamoto
— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Akihabara. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and visit ►► Withlocals™ - Local Private Tours 🇯🇵.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip app.

Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Billund to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Billund in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Wineries
Find places to stay May 1 — 5:

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, gear up at Hanakomichi, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally visit Nawate Shopping District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, explore the striking landscape at Norikura Kogen, and then explore the activities along Taisho Pond.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto visit planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, enjoy the sand and surf at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kutaniyaki Kaburaki.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa online travel route planner.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Matsumoto in May since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Takayama

— 3 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Takayama Jinya. Head to Hida Jizakekura Honten and Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Marketfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Takayama trip builder website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Takayama sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 12:

Ise

— 2 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Okageza, and finally contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise), then head off the coast to Mikimoto Pearl Island, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Toba Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ise online route planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Ise in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takayama in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Ise. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, and then examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, and then steep yourself in history at Koyasan Daimon.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Koya-cho visit website.

Getting from Ise to Koya-cho by combination of train and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ise in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Koya-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Osaka

— 4 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.
Dotombori District and Osaka Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Nara Park and Japan Tour Adventure in Nara. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en), Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe) and Kasuga Grand Shrine (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

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.
Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ninja Dojo and Store. Get in touch with nature at Kyoto Round Trip Trail, Kitayama Course East Route and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 25:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Miyajima and Atomic Bomb Dome. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima vacation planning website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 25 — 28:

Fukuoka

— 3 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Nijino Matsubara. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and walk around Ohori Park.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Fukuoka driving holiday site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In May, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

Kumamoto

— 3 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Aso and Kusasenrigahama. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kumamoto Castle and Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto. Go for a jaunt from Kumamoto to Yamato-cho to see Heitate Shrine about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, buy something for everyone on your list at Shimotori Shotengai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at Sakuranobaba Johsaien.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kumamoto journey planning website.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3: