22 days in Japan, Taiwan & Hong Kong Itinerary

22 days in Japan, Taiwan & Hong Kong Itinerary

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22 days in Japan, Taiwan & Hong Kong Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  18​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
Rent a car:  1​h
3
Takayama, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Toba, Japan
— 1 night
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
5
Koya-cho, Japan
— 1 night
+4
train + subway + train + bus + ferry:  6​h 30​min
6
Naoshima-cho, Japan
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + train:  4​h 30​min
7
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
8
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h
9
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Montreal, Canada


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3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble, Asakusa, Ginza, and other attractions you added. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, make a trip to Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble, and then admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning site .

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Tokyo is 14 hours. Traveling from Montreal in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing
Asakusa ©
Asakusa

2
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Omicho Market, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, D. T. Suzuki Museum, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, then explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally make a trip to Tsuzumi Gate.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
Takayama, Japan

Takayama ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses as well as Takayama Jinya. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then see the interesting displays at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then take in the views from Nakabashi Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Kokubun-ji Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip planner .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Toba.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Hida Kokubun-ji Temple ©
Hida Kokubun-ji Temple
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
Toba, Japan

Toba ©
Notable for its oysters and the production of cultured pearls, the city of Toba, mostly situated within Ise-Shima National Park, includes a number of small islands in Ise Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine and then take some stellar pictures from Okage Yokocho.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Toba trip planner .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Toba takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Takayama in November since evenings lows in Toba dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Toba

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ise
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Okage Yokocho ©
Okage Yokocho

1
night
Koya-cho, Japan

Koya-cho ©
Koyasan Okunoin has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, and finally stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin.

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

Getting from Toba to Koya-cho by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple

2
nights
Naoshima-cho, Japan

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Teshima Art Museum, Benesse House Museum and Chichu Art Museum. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, then make a trip to Akakabocha, and then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hachiman Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Teshima Art Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Lee Ufan Art Museun.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho trip planner.

Do a combination of train and ferry from Koya-cho to Naoshima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Koya-cho in November, plan for little chillier nights in Naoshima-cho, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Teshima Art Museum
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Lee Ufan Art Museun ©
Lee Ufan Art Museun
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Flower Expo Memorial Park Tsurumi Ryokuchi, Umeda Sky Building and Osaka Castle. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get great views at Kuchu Teien Observatory, then admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Itami Sky Park. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, tour the pleasant surroundings at Flower Expo Memorial Park Tsurumi Ryokuchi, and then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and train from Naoshima-cho to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Itami Sky Park
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tamsui Old Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taipei: Keelung Harbor (in Zhongzheng District) and Ruifang (Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) & Jinguashi Gold Ecological Park). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, make a trip to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Beitou Hot Spring, and admire the landmark architecture of Taipei 101.

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

Getting from Osaka to Taipei by combination of train, flight, and subway takes about 8.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Osaka to Taipei. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Osaka in November; daily highs in Taipei reach 29°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Museums Nature

Side Trips

New Taipei, Keelung Harbor
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

3
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Your list of things to see and do now includes PMQ, Cat Street Market, Man Mo Temple, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), wander the streets of Mong Kok, head off the coast to Lantau Island, and don't miss a visit to Central.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Taipei to Hong Kong takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Lantau island ©
Lantau island
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) ©
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

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