27 days in East Asia Itinerary

27 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Kumamoto
— 1 night
Train
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Himeji
— 10 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
Fly
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Sapporo
— 2 nights

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Kumamoto

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Sakuranobaba Johsaien, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, don't miss a visit to Kamitori Shopping Street, then step into the grandiose world of Kumamoto Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumamotojoinari Shrine.

Plan trip to Kumamoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Fukuoka Airport and Kagoshima Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:

Himeji

— 10 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 a sense of the local culture at Himeji Castle and Ohara Museum of Art. Popular historic sites such as Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and Bitchu Matsuyama Castle are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Kurashiki (Oharake House Katalyzer, Imabashi Bridge, &more), The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism (in Kato) and Okayama (Munetada Shrine, Okayama Castle, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Kumamoto to Himeji by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 13:

Osaka

— 3 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.
Osaka Castle and Dotombori District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Koyasan Okunoin and Torodo Temple. Step out of Osaka to go to Kudoyama-cho and see Old Kayano Family House, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip maker.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Osaka when traveling from Himeji in October, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

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 17th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Nara sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kinkaku-ji and Sanjusangendo Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, step into the grandiose world of Seinan Sumiyagura, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nagoya trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: highs in Nagoya hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:

Aizuwakamatsu

— 1 night
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Aizu Old Samurai Residences, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Iimoriyama, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Sazaedo, and finally don't miss a visit to Byakkotai's Tomb.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Aizuwakamatsu online journey planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Aizuwakamatsu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Aizuwakamatsu reach 64°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:

Sapporo

— 2 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 26th (Tue), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and finally see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, don't miss a visit to Sapporo TV Tower, then wander the streets of Susukino, then walk around Odori Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip planning website.

Getting from Aizuwakamatsu to Sapporo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Aizuwakamatsu in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 50°F at night.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.