35 days in Taiwan & Japan Itinerary

35 days in Taiwan & Japan Itinerary

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Start: Christchurch, New Zealand
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Nagoya, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Himeji, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
7
Nagasaki, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
8
Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
9
Taipei, Taiwan
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
11
Taichung, Taiwan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
12
Tainan, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h
End: Christchurch, New Zealand


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5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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 now added Harajuku Station to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama (Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Kishamichi Promenade, &more) and Minatomirai (Yokohama Landmark Tower & Sky Garden). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Happo-en Garden, stop by Kagurazaka, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary maker website.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Christchurch in August, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Classes

Side Trip

Yokohama
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 2:
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden ©
Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
night
Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 2nd (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Yamazaki River, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shirotori Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nittai-ji Temple.

For more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Nagoya are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:
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Shirotori Garden ©
Shirotori Garden
Nagoya City Science Museum ©
Nagoya City Science Museum
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

2
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, visit Pontocho, then make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and finally contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in September, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ishibe Alley ©
Ishibe Alley
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

3
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunset Owl Cafe and Shinsekai. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Umeda Sky Building, walk around Nakanoshima Park, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip maker.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Umeda Sky Building ©
Umeda Sky Building
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
nights
Himeji, Japan

Himeji ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Himeji Central Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Shoshazan Engyoji and Mt Shosha hiking. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiromine Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and make a trip to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Himeji travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

3
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tessen Tea Ceremony, Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, Mt. Misen, and other attractions you added. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mitaki Temple and Ground Zero. It doesn't end there: snap pictures at Aioi Bridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

1
night
Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then make a trip to Hamamachi Arcade (Hamanmachi Shopping Street), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
26 Martyrs Museum ©
26 Martyrs Museum
Inasayama Observation Deck ©
Inasayama Observation Deck

2
nights
Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka ©
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 15th (Tue), go for a walk through Ohori Park and then take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 17th (Thu), you're off to Taipei.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
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Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

5
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zhongzheng Park as well as Shifen Old Street. Step off the beaten path and head to Shifen Waterfall Walk Area and The Botanical Garden. Explore Taipei's surroundings by going to Zhongzheng District (Heping Island Park & Keelung Harbor). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Songshan Ciyou Temple, don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), and contemplate the long history of Dalongdong Bao An Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Taipei itinerary planning app.

Getting from Fukuoka to Taipei by flight takes about 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Fukuoka to Taipei is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fukuoka in September, expect Taipei to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Keelung, New Taipei
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Shifen Waterfall Walk Area ©
Shifen Waterfall Walk Area
Shifen Old Street ©
Shifen Old Street
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

3
nights
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung ©
A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
You've added Taroko Park, Spring and Autumn Pavilion, Beiji Xuantian Shangdi, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cijin Island and Dragon Tiger Tower. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Martyrs' Shrine, get outside with Ai He (Love River), take in the exciting artwork at The Pier-2 Art Centre, and get to know the fascinating history of Hu'an Temple.

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Traveling by train from Taipei to Kaohsiung takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Parks Nature Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Cijin Island ©
Cijin Island
Taroko Park ©
Taroko Park
Martyrs' Shrine ©
Martyrs' Shrine

2
nights
Taichung, Taiwan

Taichung ©
Known its good weather, Taichung boasts an interesting set of cultural attractions, including many temples showing the development of religious architectural styles in the area and forming focal points for most tours of Taichung.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Caowu Square as well as XinShe Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yichung Shopping Street and Dakeng No. 4 Trail. Step out of Taichung with an excursion to Sun Moon Lake in Yuchi--about 1h 35 min away.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Taichung day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Kaohsiung to Taichung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Taichung can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tainan.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Sun Moon Lake
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Dakeng No. 4 Trail ©
Dakeng No. 4 Trail
Caowu Square ©
Caowu Square
Yichung Shopping Street ©
Yichung Shopping Street

3
nights
Tainan, Taiwan

Tainan
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Anping Sword-Lion Square, Anping Tree House, Anping Gubao Ancient Street, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Chimei Museum and Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia). It doesn't end there: stroll around Tainan Metropolitan Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tainan day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Taichung to Tainan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tainan

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Anping Tree House ©
Anping Tree House

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