35 days in East Asia Itinerary

35 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
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Nagoya, Japan
— 1 night
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Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki, Japan
— 1 night
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Fukuoka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Taipei, Taiwan
— 5 nights
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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
— 3 nights
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Taichung, Taiwan
— 2 nights
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Tainan, Taiwan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 5 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.
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: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, stop by Ueno District, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning site.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Christchurch to Tokyo. In August, Tokyo is much hotter than Christchurch - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 2:

Nagoya, Japan

— 1 night
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.

To find traveler tips, maps, 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 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. 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 · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:

Kyoto, Japan

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

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. 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 go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

Osaka, Japan

— 3 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.
On the 5th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, make a trip to Shikitsumatsunomiya Okuninushi Shrine, make a trip to Shinsekai, then stroll around Nakanoshima Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:

Himeji, Japan

— 3 nights
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 Koko-en and Nishi no Maru. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square, take in the views from Sakuramon Bridge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiromine Shrine.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Hiroshima, Japan

— 3 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.
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 Aioi Bridge. It doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Ground Zero.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. 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 · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

Nagasaki, Japan

— 1 night

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.
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 photos, other places to visit, 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 car ride to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Fukuoka, Japan

— 2 nights

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

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Fukuoka itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Fukuoka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You'll set off for Taipei on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Taipei, Taiwan

— 5 nights

City of Azaleas

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). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Miniatures Museum of Taiwan, get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, contemplate the long history of Taipei Confucius Temple, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lotus Pond.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Taipei trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Fukuoka to Taipei in 6 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fukuoka to Taipei due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fukuoka in September, expect Taipei to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

— 3 nights

Harbor City

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 Martyrs' Shrine and Dragon Tiger Tower. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Cijin Island, get outside with Ai He (Love River), stroll around Central Park Kaohsiung, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lianchi (Lotus) Lake.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaohsiung travel planner.

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

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:

Taichung, Taiwan

— 2 nights

Cultural City

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 see maps, more things to do, ratings, 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 take a 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 · Nightlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Tainan, Taiwan

— 3 nights

Phoenix City

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. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Tainan Metropolitan Park, see the interesting displays at Chimei Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Alexander Butterfly Ecology Farm, admire the landmark architecture of Linshui Furen Mamiao, then browse the range of quality goods at Hayashi Department Store, and finally contemplate the long history of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia).

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tainan planner.

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) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tainan

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Taiwan travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Flea Markets · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.