25 days in East Asia Itinerary

25 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hakodate
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Komae
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Komae
— 2 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to London

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Tokyo

— 6 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip website.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 24:

Hakodate

— 3 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Goryokaku Tower, stroll through Goryokaku Park, then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, take a stroll through Motomachi, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then don't miss a visit to Cha Cha Nobori Daisan-saka, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.John's Church Hakodate.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Hakodate road trip site.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakodate by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in September, with highs in Hakodate at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

Nagasaki

— 3 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, head off the coast to Hashima Island, and don't miss a visit to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Nagasaki takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakodate in September; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 32°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, make a trip to Gion, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Fly from Nagasaki to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 5:

Osaka

— 4 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 is known for historic sites, theme parks, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Abeno Harukas, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Komae.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:

Komae

— 2 nights
Komae is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan. On the 9th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Inokashira Park, then wander the streets of Kichijoji, and then see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takao and then cool off at Yomiuri Land.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Komae trip builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Osaka to Komae. October in Komae sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Komae

Parks · Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Tokyo Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
A tour of Tokyo Prefecture reveals many eateries, markets, and museums, with sightseeing opportunities available for every type of traveler. Bright bursts of lights and billboards on modern buildings contrast the ornate, traditional architecture there. Don't forget to visit Izu Islands, easily accessible from the capital as an ideal day trip option.

Nagasaki Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Landmarks · History Museums · Parks
Nagasaki Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Nagasaki.

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Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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Osaka Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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