13 days in East Asia Itinerary

13 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 19th (Sun), wander the streets of Dotombori District. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Kuromon Market, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip planning tool.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Jakarta in December, things will get much colder in Osaka: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 23rd (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Osaka to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Nara.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and then walk around Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and then steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nara itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Nara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and go for a walk through Gion.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday app.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and then make a trip to Kōtoku-in. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kamakura travel planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kamakura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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