31 days in East Asia Itinerary

31 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

Make it your trip
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Drive
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Naruto
— 1 night
Drive
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Iwami-cho
— 2 nights
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Drive to Okayama Momotaro Airport, Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Tateyama
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Tateyama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hachijo-machi
— 1 night
Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Okutama-machi
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Okutama-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Fuji
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kyoto

— 4 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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimonofor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Hero Tour Japan and Yase Momiji no Komichi. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, and stop by Arashiyama.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip site.

Casablanca, Morocco to Kyoto is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Casablanca in March, things will get a bit cooler in Kyoto: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tannowa Beach and Four-M. Osaka Castle and Tsudoshiroyama Ancient Tomb will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Sekizen Onsen Misasa no Yu (in Kaizuka) and The Kuzuharas House (in Tondabayashi). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Dotombori District, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), and identify plant and animal life at Sakuya Konohanakan.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 24:

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Miyajima and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Senjokaku, &more), Kuromatsu Beach (in Gotsu) and Oda (Thermal Spas, Kotogahama Beach, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bay Side Beach Saka.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 29:

Naruto

— 1 night
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Strait, then make a trip to Zuiganji Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Tsukimigaoka Seaside Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Naruto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Naruto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hiroshima in March, Naruto is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:

Iwami-cho

— 2 nights
On the 31st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Shirawara Coast, enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, then kick back and relax at Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches, then contemplate the waterfront views at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Uradome Coast. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Tottori Sand Dunes and then enjoy the sand and surf at Higashihama Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Iwami-cho trip planning app.

You can drive from Naruto to Iwami-cho in 4 hours. Traveling from Naruto in March, Iwami-cho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Tateyama.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:

Tateyama

— 2 nights
Tateyama is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): head outdoors with Hojo Beach, head outdoors with Oki no Shima, then meet some fierce fish with Ito Diving Service Bommie, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tateyama Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Flower Fields of Chikura-cho, kick back and relax at Maebara Beach, and then kick back and relax at Shirosaki Beach.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tateyama trip maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iwami-cho to Tateyama. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tateyama when traveling from Iwami-cho in April, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hachijo-machi.

Things to do in Tateyama

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:

Hachijo-machi

— 1 night
On the 4th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Muikagahara Sakyu, enjoy the sand and surf at Occhogahama, identify plant and animal life at Noboryotouge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hachijo Fuji, then head outdoors with Sokodo Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with Concolor.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hachijo-machi sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tateyama to Hachijo-machi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Okutama-machi.

Things to do in Hachijo-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

Okutama-machi

— 1 night
On the 5th (Mon), head outdoors with Mt. Kumotori, admire the sheer force of Mitoo Waterfalls, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Odake, then surround yourself with nature on Andrey Surcek, and finally hike along America Camp Village.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Okutama-machi visit site.

Explore your travel options from Hachijo-machi to Okutama-machi with the Route module. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Okutama-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:

Fuji

— 3 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Fuji and Ita Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mihamasaki Cape and Ose Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Fuji: Ra Ra Ra Sun Beach (in Numazu) and Goryuno Falls (in Susono). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Fuji trip website.

Traveling by car from Okutama-machi to Fuji takes 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Fuji when traveling from Okutama-machi in April, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 8:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Coconut Makuhari Hongo and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Senso-ji Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba District, shop like a local with Asakusa, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo travel route builder site.

Take a train from Fuji to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 14:

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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Osaka Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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Tottori Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Sacred & Religious Sites
Tottori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region. The capital is the city of Tottori. It is the least populous prefecture in Japan.EtymologyThe word "Tottori" in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "bird" and the second, means "to get". Early residents in the area made their living catching the region's plentiful waterfowl. The name first appears in the Nihon shoki in the 23rd year of the Emperor Suiko when Yukuha Tana, an elder from the Izumo, visits the emperor. The imperial Prince Homatsu-wake was unable to speak, despite being 30 years of age. "Yukuha Tana presented the swan to the emperor. Homatsu-wake no Mikoto played with this swan and at last learned to speak. Therefore, Yukaha Tana was liberally rewarded, and was granted the title of Tottori no Miyakko." (Aston, translation)HistoryEarly historyTottori Prefecture was settled very early in the prehistoric period of Japan, as evidenced by remains from the Jōmon period (14,000 - 300 BC). The prefecture has the remains of the largest known Yayoi period (300 BC - 250 AD) settlement in Japan, the Mukibanda Yayoi remains, located in the low foothills of Mount Daisen in the cities of Daisen and Yonago. Numerous kofun tumuli from the Kofun period (250 - 538) are located across the prefecture. In 645, under the Taika reforms, the area in present-day Tottori Prefecture became two provinces, Hōki and Inaba.

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Chiba Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Disney Parks & Activities · Historic Sites · Parks
Chiba Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region and the Greater Tokyo Area. The sixth most populous prefecture, and 27th largest by land area, Chiba is on the east coast of Honshu and largely consists of the Bōsō Peninsula, which encloses the eastern side of Tokyo Bay. Its capital is Chiba City.EtymologyThe name of Chiba Prefecture in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "thousand" and the second, means "leaves". The name first appears as an ancient kuni no miyatsuko, or regional command office, as the Chiba Kuni no Miyatsuko. The name was adopted by a branch of the Taira clan, which moved to the area in present-day Chiba City in the late Heian period. The branch of the Taira adopted the name and became the Chiba clan, and held strong influence over the area of the prefecture until the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The name "Chiba" was chosen for the prefecture at the time its creation in 1873 by the, an early Meiji-period body of prefectural governors that met to decide the structure of local and regional administration in Japan.The compound word, which refers to the Tokyo-Chiba region, is formed from the second character in Tokyo, and the second character in Chiba, which can also be pronounced “kei” and “yō” respectively. This compound is used in terms such as the Keiyō Line, Keiyō Road, Keiyō Rinkai Railway Rinkai Main Line, and the Keiyō Industrial Zone.

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Tokyo Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
A tour of Tokyo Prefecture reveals many eateries, markets, and museums, with sightseeing opportunities available for every type of traveler. Bright bursts of lights and billboards on modern buildings contrast the ornate, traditional architecture there. Don't forget to visit Izu Islands, easily accessible from the capital as an ideal day trip option.