25 days in East Asia Itinerary

25 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Naruto
— 1 day
Drive
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Takamatsu
Drive
4
Kochi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Matsuyama
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Yokohama
— 2 nights
Train
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Kamakura
— 1 day
Train
10
Kawagoe
— 1 night
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11
Nikko
— 2 nights
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Chichibu
— 1 night
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Yokohama
— 3 nights

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Kanazawa — 5 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, and explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Osaka to Kanazawa is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. Traveling from Osaka in August, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit cooler (35°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Naruto.
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Naruto — 1 day

Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, then snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Strait, and finally make a trip to Naruto Whirlpools.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Naruto online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Naruto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, Naruto is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takamatsu.
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Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:

Takamatsu

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.
To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Naruto to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Naruto in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Takamatsu, with lows around 28°C. On the 14th (Sun), you'll travel to Kochi.
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Kochi — 1 night

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.
For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Kochi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Kochi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. On the 15th (Mon), you'll travel to Matsuyama.
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Matsuyama — 3 nights

Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsuyama: Imabari (Imabari Castle, Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, stroll around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), admire the landmark architecture of Bansuiso, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Matsuyama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kochi to Matsuyama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Osaka.
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Osaka — 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

You can fly from Matsuyama to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Matsuyama in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi — 3 nights

A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Fujikawaguchiko-machi is known for nature, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Mount Fuji, find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, and stroll through Lake Kawaguchi.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Osaka to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Osaka in August: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yokohama.
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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 24th (Wed), make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, wander the streets of Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, then get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, and finally take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yokohama trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Yokohama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Yokohama, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kamakura.
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Kamakura — 1 day

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, make a trip to Kōtoku-in, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Enoshima Aquarium, and finally step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kamakura trip builder site.

You can take a train from Yokohama to Kamakura in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Yokohama in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Kamakura, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kawagoe.
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Kawagoe — 1 night

Little Edo

Situated just outside of Tokyo, Kawagoe entices visitors with its historic, Edo period architecture, reminiscent of a Japan of the past.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawagoe Kumano Shrine, make a trip to Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street, then make a trip to Kashiya Yokocho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Toki no Kane.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kawagoe day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Kamakura to Kawagoe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kawagoe: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Nikko.
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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.
On the 28th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, and finally explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nikko attractions planning app.

Getting from Kawagoe to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. When traveling from Kawagoe in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chichibu.
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Chichibu — 1 night

A little rural reprieve not far from the capital, the city of Chichibu draws visitors with its vibrant landscape and pleasant, low-key urban attractions.
On the 29th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chichibu Shrine, explore the striking landscape at Nagatoro Iwadatami Rocks, admire the sheer force of Seijo Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsumine Shrine, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mitsumine.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chichibu route planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Chichibu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Chichibu are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Yokohama.
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Yokohama — 3 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yokohama: Kichijoji (in Musashino), Moriya Beach (in Katsuura) and Kamogawa (Tojo Beach, Kamogawa Sea World, &more). Enjoy Yokohama some more: explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, examine the collection at Fujiko F Fujio Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Sky Garden, and make a trip to Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yokohama planning app.

You can drive from Chichibu to Yokohama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train.
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Shikoku travel guide

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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.
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