32 days in East Asia Itinerary

32 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner

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Tokyo
— 8 nights
Drive
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Nasu-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hachijo-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amakusa
— 1 night
Drive
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Aso
— 2 nights
Fly
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Toyooka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Narusawa-mura
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 8 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.
You've added Nezu Shrine, Tokyo Disneyland, Cooking Class Japan Cross Bridge, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Gotokuji Temple and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center and Ryusen-ji Temple (Meguro Fudoson). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Eishoji Temple, Kaizoji Temple, &more), Saitama (The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum Saitama & Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park) and Kawagoe (Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine & Kitain). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Arakurayama Sengen Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Izusan Jinja Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kishamichi Promenade, and walk around Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paris to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nasu-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Classes · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 9:

Nasu-machi

— 2 nights
The highland resort town of Nasu-machi brings in visitors with its natural sights and thoughtfully developed tourism infrastructure.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Nasu World Monkey Park, admire the natural beauty at Coppice Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Treasure Stone Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Sesshoseki-Tenbodai Boardwalk, then don't miss a visit to Nasu Yumoto Ashiyu Kompairo no Yu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nasu Yuzen Shrine. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Nasu Flower World, hike along Nasu Nature Study Paths, then take in the pleasant sights at Yahata Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Nasu Kogen Lookout.

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Drive from Tokyo to Nasu-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in May, with highs in Nasu-machi at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nasu-machi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Takayama

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sukyo Mahikari, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Soyuji Temple, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Harada Sake Brewery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Kusakabe Folk Museum, then examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, and finally make a trip to Shokawa-Zakura.

To find photos and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama online route planner.

Getting from Nasu-machi to Takayama by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hachijo-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Hachijo-machi

— 3 nights
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hideie Ukita Tomb and Yuhama Ruins Kurawa Ruins. Step off the beaten path and head to Ionuma and Hego Forest. Go for a jaunt from Hachijo-machi to Mikurajima-mura to see Inene Main Shrine about 2 hours away.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hachijo-machi road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Takayama to Hachijo-machi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Amakusa.

Things to do in Hachijo-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 17:

Amakusa

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stroll around Nishibira Tsubaki Park, take some stellar pictures from Kigaigaura Observation Deck, then steep yourself in history at Myotoku-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Gion-bashi Bridge, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Takabutoyama Lookouts, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Zengan Observation Deck, see the interesting displays at Goshoura Cretaceous Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hondo Suwa Shrine, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hondo Catholic Church.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Amakusa itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hachijo-machi to Amakusa. In May, daytime highs in Amakusa are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Aso.

Things to do in Amakusa

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 19:

Aso

— 2 nights
Formed in 2005 after the merger of several smaller towns, Aso still offers a break from the urbane.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine, stop by Monzenmachi Shopping Street, test the waters at a local thermal spa, don't miss a visit to Aso Station, then head outdoors with Aso Panorama Line, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mt. Asosan Main Hall Saigandenji Okunoin. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Myogyo-ji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Aso Skyline View Place, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kabutoiwa Lookout, then don't miss a visit to Mo-mo- Farm Takehara Bokujo, and finally relax in the rural setting at Couples.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Aso trip builder site.

Drive from Amakusa to Aso in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Aso are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Toyooka.

Things to do in Aso

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

Toyooka

— 2 nights
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 22nd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shisho Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Takeno Coast, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gokurakuji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onsenji Temple, then make a trip to Hachigoro's Tojima Wetland, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Toyooka Fukkokenchikugun, examine the collection at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izushi Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Izushi Meijikan, then make a trip to Shinkoro, and finally contemplate the long history of Izushi Karo Yashiki.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Toyooka trip planner.

You can fly from Aso to Toyooka in 7 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Beaches
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

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've now added Universal Studios Japan to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hase-dera Temple and Gio-ji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Omiwa Shrine are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Karako Kagi Ruins (in Tawaramoto-cho), Koya-cho (Koyasan Choishi Michi, Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, &more) and Himorogi Remains (in Sakurai). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Keage Incline, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jonangu Shrine, and identify plant and animal life at Yase Momiji no Komichi.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Toyooka to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 28:

Narusawa-mura

— 3 nights
A village at the foothills of Mt.
Mount Fuji has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): tee off at Narusawa Golf Club, then get impressive views of Mount Fuji, then pause for some photo ops at Japan's Highest Peak Fujisan Kengamine Monument, and finally examine the collection at Mt.Fuji Nature Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokueizan Myohoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichinomiya Sengen Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ando Residence, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kushigata, and finally take a peaceful walk through Oyanagawa Promenade.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Narusawa-mura trip app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Narusawa-mura takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you will find days in Narusawa-mura are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

Kumamoto Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kumamoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.HistoryHistorically, the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

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