60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 10 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
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Koya-cho
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Matsuyama
— 2 nights
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Kumamoto
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
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Okayama
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Himeji
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Takayama
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
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Nagano
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Tokyo

— 10 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.
Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Kōtoku-in. Take a break from the city and head to Tokyo Japan Fishing Guide and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokohama (Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo & Yokohama Chinatown), Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of ChIJM1N_BMKOGGARZ0DHgTj9hHw, shop like a local with Ginza, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning website.

Billum, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Billum to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Billum in April, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 12:

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Head to Pola Museum of Art and Gotemba Premium Outletsfor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Odawara Castle Tenshukaku. Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Odawara Castle (in Odawara) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker site.

Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 17:

Koya-cho

— 3 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Koya and Mt. Yoshino. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Get out of town with these interesting Koya-cho side-trips: Yoshino-cho (Kinbu Shrine & Yoshimizu Shrine) and Tenkawa-mura (Mitarai Valley & Ryusenji Temple).

Before you visit Koya-cho, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Hakone-machi to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Koya-cho: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 21:

Osaka

— 5 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori. Visit Osaka Castle and Nigatsu-do Temple for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Nara Park, Jurinin Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and visit Minami (Namba).

To find ratings and tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel route tool.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 26:

Matsuyama

— 2 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, and then steep yourself in history at Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle). Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Emifull Masaki, then stroll through Namekawakeikoku, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Isaniwa Shrine.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama road trip app.

You can fly from Osaka to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

Kumamoto

— 2 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Visit Kumamoto Castle and Kato Shrine for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Explore Kumamoto and Kusasenrigahama. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, take an in-depth tour of Sakuranobaba Johsaien, take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and browse the exhibits of Former Residence of L.L. Janes.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kumamoto trip builder site.

Fly from Matsuyama to Kumamoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. April in Kumamoto sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

Discover how to plan a Hiroshima trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Okayama

— 3 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Visiting Kibi Plain Bicycle Route and Naoshima will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and Okayama Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Kurashiki (Ohashi House, Mt. Washu, &more) and Mt. Ojigadake (in Tamano). It doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden and browse the different shops at AEON MALL Mall Okayama.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Okayama sightseeing tool.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Okayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Okayama, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Himeji

— 4 nights
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Get in touch with nature at Tendaki Falls and Matsue Swimming Beach. Visit Himeji Castle and Takeda Castle Ruins for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Himeji to Kobe to see Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of Himeji Central Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, make a trip to Otemae Street, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Himeji day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Okayama in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Himeji, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 10:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Tower Sando. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, expand your horizons at Ninja Dojo and Store, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Himeji, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 10 — 16:

Takayama

— 5 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.
For shopping fun, head to Hida Jizakekura Honten or Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market. Visit The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Takayama Jinya for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Matsumoto (Norikura Kogen, Pond Tashiro, &more), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & Wada House) and Daikanbo (in Tateyama-machi). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Takayama sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 21:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Higashichaya Old Town and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Tojimbo Cliff and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. There's lots more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and look for gifts at Lacquer Ware Nosaku.

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Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

Nagano

— 4 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Matsumoto Castle and Zenko-ji Temple. Head to Yawataya Isogoro Honten and MIDORI Naganofor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagano: Yamanouchi-machi (Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area & Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park) and Matsumoto (Kaichi Gakko Primary School & Matsumoto City Art Museum). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Snow Monkey Resorts, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kagami, and take a peaceful walk through Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nagano travel planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nagano in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Nagano sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 29: