16 days in East Asia Itinerary

16 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and stop by Odaiba District.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get great views at Hakone Ropeway, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and finally head outdoors with Hakone Skyline.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi holiday planning tool.

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Nikko

— 2 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji. On your second day here, snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hongu Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Yunoko Lake, then admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall.

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Drive from Hakone-machi to Nikko in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in September, you will find days in Nikko are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nikko

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

Takayama

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then stop by Hida Jizakekura Honten, and finally examine the collection at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan). On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, then take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally steep yourself in history at Wada House.

To see reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Takayama takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Takayama, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto road trip site.

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akishinodera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

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 14th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then make a trip to Kuromon Market. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Osaka tour website.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15: