17 days in East Asia Itinerary

17 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive to Kure, Ferry to Matsuyama
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive
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Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Okayama
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
Drive
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 13th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally boost your wellbeing at Hiroshima Stretch.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip planning website.

Fukuoka to Hiroshima is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll set off for Matsuyama on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:

Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, then stop by Dogo Onsengai, and then make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama online visit planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Matsuyama by combination of car and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Baths · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 16:

Kochi

— 2 nights
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle, browse the fresh offerings at Hirome Ichiba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, and finally make a trip to Harimaya Bridge. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Katurahama Aquarium, then enjoy the sand and surf at Katsura Hama, then don't miss a visit to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, and finally admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kochi trip maker website.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You'll set off for Takamatsu on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:

Takamatsu

— 1 night

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Takamatsu Castle, take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, and then go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Takamatsu vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Kochi in November, plan for slightly colder days in Takamatsu, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Okayama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then visit Asahikawa no Hotori, and finally boost your wellbeing at Komori Onsen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Inukai Bokudo Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Okayama day trip planning site.

Drive from Takamatsu to Okayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Okayama sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ako Oishi Shrine and then contemplate the long history of Remains of Ako Castle.

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Getting from Okayama to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Okayama in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Himeji. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 22:

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution. On the next day, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take a stroll through Kitano Ijinkan-gai, then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kobe sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Kobe are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Baths · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:

Osaka

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kyoto (Nijo Castle, Gion, &more). There's lots more to do: stop by Dotombori District, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take a stroll through Tobita Shinchi, and stop by Tower Knives Osaka.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 29:

Shikoku travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.