21 days in East Asia Itinerary

21 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Fuji
— 2 nights
Train to Odawara Station, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Osaka
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 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.
Head to Ginza and Ginza Mitsukoshifor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and Kōtoku-in. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa) and Kamakura Hiking Trails (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, and get a tailor-made plan with ►► Withlocals™ - Local Private Tours 🇯🇵.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Billund to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Billund in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 32°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Fuji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

Fuji

— 2 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. On the 1st (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwamoto, delve into the lush surroundings at Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, then head outdoors with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, and finally stop by Tago no Tsuki Honten.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fuji travel planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Fuji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Ashinoko and Hakone Stone‐paved Road. Head to Pola Museum of Art and Aoki no Himono Atami Ekimaefor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Odawara (Odawara Castle, Odawara Castle Tenshukaku, &more), Yamanaka Castle Ruins (in Mishima) and Atami (Former Hyuga Bettei & Kinomiya Shrine). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Chisuji Falls, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fuji to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Fuji in October, expect Hakone-machi to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:

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.
Himeji Castle and Osaka Castle will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Mt. Koya and Four-M. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Jokiin & Koyasan Danjo Garan) and Himeji (Nishi no Maru & Koko-en). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Dotombori District, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Osaka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:

Nara

— 2 nights

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 11th (Mon): look for gifts at Studio Yamato Zakura, contemplate the long history of Todaiji Keidaicho, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Daibutsuden. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Experience YAMATO, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yuga Shrine.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Nara online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Visiting Hero Tour Japan and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building, and take a memorable tour with 株式会社 MATATABI.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto day trip website.

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15: