28 days in East Asia Itinerary

28 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner
Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Beppu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Funabashi Andersen Park and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Unicorn Gundam Statue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, and walk around Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel route planner.

Asheville, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Asheville to Tokyo. Traveling from Asheville in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Beppu.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks
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Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

Beppu — 2 nights

The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kijima Kogen Park and Ikeyama Springs. Get out of town with these interesting Beppu side-trips: Handa Highland (in Kokonoe-machi) and Taketa (Mt. Kuju, Sky Park Azamidai Observatory, &more). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, take in panoramic vistas at Jumonjibaru Observation Deck, find something for the whole family at Beppu Rakutenchi, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shidakako Lake.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Beppu journey planning app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Beppu in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Beppu, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Fukuoka.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Fukuoka — 3 nights

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum and Yusentei Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Fukutsu (Fukuma Beach, Miyajihama Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Ohorikoen Japanese Garden, don't miss a visit to Robosquare, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shikaumi Shrine, and admire the striking features of Hakoshima Residence.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka online journey planner.

Getting from Beppu to Fukuoka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Beppu in July, expect nights in Fukuoka to be about the same, around 76°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches
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Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ogonzan, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, practice your aim at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, then get curious at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip builder.

Getting from Fukuoka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.
Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Adventure
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

Kyoto — 5 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Tadasu No Mori Grove and Mt. Ibuki. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Samegaijyuku (in Maibara), Genkyuen Garden (in Hikone) and Yanmar Museum (in Nagahama). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Daimonji, contemplate the long history of Hosenin, take in breathtaking views at Hozukyo Gorge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple).

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Find places to stay Jul 19 — 24:

Nara — 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Todai-ji Temple Nandai Gate and Yamadaike Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Tenri (Isonokami Jingu, Yamanobe Street, &more), Mount Miwa (in Sakurai) and Mt. Shigi (in Heguri-cho). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Kiyotaki Toge, stroll through Rokuen, and get to know the fascinating history of Yagyu Kaido.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nara sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Nara are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Takayama.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Takayama — 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mt. Tateyama and Takayama Showa Museum. Go for a jaunt from Takayama to Tateyama-machi to see Daikanbo about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Yoshijima Heritage House, examine the collection at Sakurayama Nikkokan, make a trip to West Hotaka Station Exit, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nara to Takayama in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nara in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Takayama, with lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

Tokyo — 2 nights

On the 1st (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Chihiro Art Museum - Tokyo, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, examine the collection at Tobu Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Meiji Shrine Imperial Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoyogi Hachimangu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at MUJI Yurakucho, examine the collection at Nissan Crossing, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, stroll around Gyosen Park, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, and finally explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2: