23 days in East Asia Itinerary

23 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Fly
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Fly
3
Toyooka
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Gujo
— 1 night
Drive
6
Gero
— 1 night
Drive
7
Okutama-machi
— 1 night
Drive
8
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Kamakura
— 2 nights
Train
10
Ito
— 1 night
Fly
11
Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive
12
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive
13
Nagato
— 2 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday maker site.

Stockholm, Sweden to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Stockholm to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Stockholm in June, with highs in Kyoto at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 1:

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 2nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Nara are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Toyooka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:

Toyooka

— 1 night
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 3rd (Sun), pick up some local products at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market, then see the interesting displays at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

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Traveling by flight from Nara to Toyooka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Nara in July: highs in Toyooka hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyooka

Spas · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:
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Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 4th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery.

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Getting from Toyooka to Kanazawa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In July in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gujo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

Gujo

— 1 night
Step back into a traditional way of life with a visit to Gujo, a little Japanese city rich in culture.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moss Phlox of Kunita Family, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then don't miss a visit to Nagataki Hakusan Shrine.

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Getting from Kanazawa to Gujo by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July in Gujo, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gero.

Things to do in Gujo

Spas · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Gero

— 1 night
Gero is a city in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Gandate Canyon, then take in the dramatic scenery at Osakacho Waterfalls, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Ontake.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gero online day trip planner.

Getting from Gujo to Gero by car takes about an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Gero can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Okutama-machi.

Things to do in Gero

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

Okutama-machi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Hijiri Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bonoore, and then take in the views from Hikawako Bridge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Okutama-machi trip planner.

Getting from Gero to Okutama-machi by car takes about 5.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Okutama-machi

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Okutama-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:

Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), and then step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kamakura trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for little chillier days in Kamakura, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Ito.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

Ito

— 1 night
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
On the 15th (Fri), walk around Izu Shaboten Zoo, then examine the collection at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, then see the interesting displays at Izu Glass and Craft Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Antique Jewelry Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ito trip maker.

Getting from Kamakura to Ito by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Ito

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): test the waters at a local thermal spa, then explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Matsuyama day trip planner.

Getting from Ito to Matsuyama by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

Takachiho-cho

— 1 night
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 17th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and then take in the pleasant sights at Takachihokyo Passage.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho route maker.

Drive from Matsuyama to Takachiho-cho in 6 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nagato.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 17:

Nagato

— 2 nights
Nagato is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. On the 18th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Beppu Bentenike, explore the fascinating underground world of Akiyoshido, and then explore the striking landscape at Hyakumaizara.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nagato tour planner.

Drive from Takachiho-cho to Nagato in 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Nagato can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 19th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Nagato

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:
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Shikoku travel guide

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Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.