29 days in East Asia Itinerary

29 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
Train
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Kamakura
Train
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Yokohama
— 1 night
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Subway to Shin-Yokohama, Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Shin-Osaka
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train to Ibusuki, Ferry to Yakushima
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Osaka
Drive
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
Drive
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Takayama
— 1 night
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Nikko
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Funabashi Andersen Park and Kitanomaru Park. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, appreciate the history behind Unicorn Gundam Statue, make a trip to Sky Circus Sunshine60 Observatory, and walk around Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary planner.

Asheville, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Asheville to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Asheville in July, with lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
On the 12th (Mon), visit Yokohama City Air Terminal (YCAT), head outdoors with Jike Furusatomura, stroll around Shikinomori Park, take a peaceful walk through Seya Citizen Forest, then trek along Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Makigahara Children's Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at The Home of Diplomat, get curious at Yokohama Science Center, don't miss a visit to Asahina Excavation, then get to know the fascinating history of Shomyo-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Yokohama Trolley Museum, and finally stroll around Yokohama Motomachi Park.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yokohama online attractions planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

Kamakura

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to Kamakura Station Old Station Clocktower, hike along Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Zaimokuza Beach, and finally hike along Daibutsukiritoshi.

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Take a train from Yokohama to Kamakura in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Yokohama in July, you will find days in Kamakura are slightly colder (78°F), and nights are about the same (75°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Yokohama.

Things to do in Kamakura

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

Yokohama

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Braph 18ban Residence.

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Getting from Kamakura to Yokohama by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. When traveling from Kamakura in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Yokohama: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 74°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 15th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Chisuji Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Moto Tsumiya Shrine, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hakone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, take a memorable drive along Otome Toge, play a few rounds at Daihakone Country Club, then take in the waterfront at Motohakone-ko, then go for a walk through Tenkakudai, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi holiday planning site.

You can drive from Yokohama to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, train, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Yokohama in July, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are little chillier, around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Osaka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the architecture and history at Catholic Osaka Umeda Church, don't miss a visit to Umekita Hiroba, then don't miss a visit to The Symphony Hall, then stop by Tower Knives Osaka, and finally don't miss a visit to Hanjotei.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Osaka road trip app.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Osaka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in July: highs in Osaka hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 76°F. You'll set off for Hiroshima on the 19th (Mon).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

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 20th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Monokoto Store, contemplate the waterfront views at Pond of Peace, see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ogonzan, and finally take in the views from Honkawa Bridge.

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Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

Fukuoka

— 1 night

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 21st (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Kasuga Park, stroll around Shirouzu Oike Park, then see the interesting displays at Fukuoka Citizen’s Disaster Prevention Center, and finally make a trip to Ramen Stadium.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka day trip app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Fun & Games · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Step off the beaten path and head to Isso Beach and Tashiro Beach. And it doesn't end there: get all the information you need at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, don't miss a visit to Ambo Port, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake, and delve into the distant past at Ruins of Kosugidani Village.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Yakushima-cho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Osaka

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip website.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Osaka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. On the 25th (Sun), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Amano Hashidate Beach and Miyazu Catholic Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Hozukyo Gorge (in Kameoka) and Miyazu (Isoshimizu, Kaisenkyo Bridge, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoshinji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shisendo Temple, admire the masterpieces at Garden of Fine Arts, and contemplate the long history of Hosenin.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip tool.

Drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:

Nara

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.
Before you visit Nara, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 80°F. On the 28th (Wed), you're off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

Kyoto

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koryu-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Tadasu No Mori Grove, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Daimonji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), and finally admire the striking features of Nanzenji Suirokaku.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto route maker.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:

Takayama

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Takayama Zenko-ji Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then look for gifts at Hida Jizakekura Honten, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Takayama road trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:

Nikko

— 2 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on Nikko Base and then view the masterpieces at Kousyuuya.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip maker app.

Getting from Takayama to Nikko by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takayama in July, you will find days in Nikko are little chillier (80°F), and nights are about the same (75°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:
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Tokyo

— 2 nights
On the 3rd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin, then stop by Kiddy Land Harajuku, then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in August: highs in Tokyo hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 76°F. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

Gifu Prefecture travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Gifu Prefecture is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu.Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."HistoryThe land area that makes up modern-day Gifu became part of the Yamato Court around the middle of the fourth century. Because it is in the middle of the island of Honshū, it has been the site of many decisive battles throughout Japan's history, the oldest major one being the Jinshin War in 672, which led to the establishment of Emperor Tenmu as the 40th emperor of Japan.The area of Gifu Prefecture consists of the old provinces of Hida and Mino, as well as smaller parts of Echizen and Shinano. The name of the prefecture derives from its capital city, Gifu, which was named by Oda Nobunaga during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567. The first character used comes from Qishan (岐山), a legendary mountain from which most of China was unified, whereas the second character comes from Qufu (曲阜), the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga chose those characters because he wanted to unify all of Japan and he wanted to be viewed as a great mind.

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