51 days in East Asia Itinerary

51 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Himeji
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Kurashiki
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
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Tokyo

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and Sankeien Gardens. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kōtoku-in and Hase-dera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple Kannondo). There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online tour planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Copenhagen to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in May, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 13:

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pola Museum of Art and Gotemba Premium Outlets. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Kazurayama Castle Ruins (in Susono), Odawara (Odawara Castle Tenshukaku & Odawara Castle) and Tago no Tsuki Honten (in Fuji). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, take in the exciting artwork at Hakone Craft House, and admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 18:

Matsumoto

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Matsumoto Castle and Zenko-ji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Suwa Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagano (Zenko-ji Post Office, Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, &more), Karuizawa-machi (Harunire Terrace, Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, &more) and Ueda Castle (in Ueda). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond, and snap pictures at Kappa Bashi.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Matsumoto: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 25:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Takayama Jinya. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Higashichaya Old Town. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Katsuyama (Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum & Dokidoki Kyoryu Hakkutsu Land), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum & Nagase house) and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, stop by MIKOTO Tea House, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa holiday maker.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and 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 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 30:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Nishijin Textile Center. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Byodoin (in Uji), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning website.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 5:

Osaka

— 5 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 Koyasan Okunoin are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street or Minami (Namba). Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Walking tours, Nara Park, &more) and Koya-cho (Jokiin, Mt. Koya, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and make a trip to Kuromon Market.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online day trip planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 10:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
On the 10th (Thu), browse the different shops at Piole Himeji, go for a walk through Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then look for gifts at Miyuki Street, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Sanyo Department Store.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in June: highs in Himeji hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Himeji

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 11:

Kurashiki

— 4 nights
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
For shopping fun, head to AEON MALL Mall Okayama or Mamekichi Hompo, Kurashiki. Popular historic sites such as Matsue Castle and Buke Yashiki are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kurashiki: Matsue (Matsue Shrine & Former Yakumo Koizumi Residence), Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden, Okayama Castle, &more) and Takamatsu (Shikoku Mura Village & Ritsurin Garden). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, examine the collection at Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Kurashiki day trip website.

You can drive from Himeji to Kurashiki in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In June, daytime highs in Kurashiki are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:

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.
Popular historic sites such as Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Senjokaku, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Kurashiki to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
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 19th (Sat): make a trip to Sakuranobaba Johsaien, pause for some photo ops at Kato Kiyomasa Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Kumamoto Castle, then explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Shimotori Shotengai. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to JR Kumamoto Station, browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Kumamoto, make a trip to Shinshigai Shotengai, don't miss a visit to Kumamon Square, then contemplate the long history of Yakumo Koizumi Old House in Kumamoto, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Tsuruya Department Store.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kumamoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 21:

Fukuoka

— 5 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 some historical perspective at Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Kushida Shrine. Shop till you drop at Osakana Tengoku and Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Onojo - Chikuzenkoku (in Onojo), Tosu Premium Outlets (in Tosu) and Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Tenkai Inari Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, view the masterpieces at Art Space Baku, and stop by Fukuoka Washita Shop.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 26: