18 days in East Asia Itinerary

18 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train to Okayama, Ferry to Naoshima-cho
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Naoshima-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shodoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kitayama-mura
— 1 day
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Fly

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Tokyo

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ueno District and Yanaka District. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Omoide Yokocho and Takeshita Street. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, take a stroll through Akihabara, and admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport, Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base and Yokota Air Base. July in Tokyo sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka and Kyoto Tower. Get a sense of the local culture at Kyoto Shibori Museum and Kyoto Station Building. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, make a trip to Gion, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 12th (Mon), catch a live event at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Ground Zero, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planning website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:

Naoshima-cho

— 3 nights
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Appreciate the collections at Benesse House Museum and Okayama Astronomical Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Raikyuji Temple and Art House Project. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naoshima-cho: Miyama Park (in Tamano), Takahashi City Old Samurai Residences (in Takahashi) and Kinojo Castle (in Soja). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Yakage Honjin Ishii Family Residence, step off the mainland to explore Shiraishi Island, make a trip to Yakage Post Station, and stop by Michi-no-Eki Kasaoka Bay Farm.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and ferry from Hiroshima to Naoshima-cho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Naoshima-cho are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Shodoshima-cho.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

Shodoshima-cho

— 2 nights
On an island famed for its gorgeous landscapes and seaside vistas, the town of Shodoshima-cho serves as the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): visit Yama-Roku Shoyu, take an in-depth tour of Kokonoura Museum of History and Culture, look for gifts at Hinase Fishermens's Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Kankakei Summit Observation, then explore the stunning scenery at Kankakei Gorge, and finally get engrossed in the history at Marukin Soysouce Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Olive Garden, head off the coast to Hinase Islands, and then admire the natural beauty at Ushimado Olive Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Shodoshima-cho vacation website.

Traveling by car from Naoshima-cho to Shodoshima-cho takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Shodoshima-cho are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Kitayama-mura.

Things to do in Shodoshima-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Kitayama-mura

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stop by Michi-no-Eki Okutoro, then see the interesting displays at Kiwacho Mine Museum, then make a trip to Maruyama Senmai Rice Field, and finally appreciate the views at Doro River Valley.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kitayama-mura sightseeing site.

You can drive from Shodoshima-cho to Kitayama-mura in 7.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kitayama-mura

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:

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 19th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and finally shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Osaka City Central Hall, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, make a trip to Kuromon Market, don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, then take a stroll through Minami (Namba), and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kitayama-mura to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Kobe

— 2 nights
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 21st (Wed), get to know the resident critters at Kobe Oji Zoo, snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, then examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, then wander the streets of Kitano Ijinkan-gai, and finally make a trip to Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan). On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kobe sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Kobe, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22: