13 days in East Asia Itinerary

13 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly
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Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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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.
To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel website.

Atlanta, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Atlanta to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 54°F. On the 12th (Mon), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

Osaka

— 1 night
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 Dotombori District as well as Osaka Castle. On the 12th (Mon), stroll around Minoo Park, then stroll around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then shop like a local with Dotombori District, and then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka planning tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Suma-dera, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), then examine the collection at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, then gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and finally stroll around Higashi Yuenchi Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kobe journey planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entoku-in, and then take in the pleasant sights at Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinnyodo Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jojakkoji Temple, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Tokyo

— 5 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sky Garden and Meiji Jingu Gaien. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Minatomirai (Yokohama Landmark Tower & Yokohama Museum of Art) and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama). See even more of Tokyo: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, get a sense of history and politics at Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse), steep yourself in history at Hozomon, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Classes

Side Trip

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