33 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Toyooka
— 4 nights
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Izumo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yamaguchi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Beppu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taketa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kitakyushu
— 1 night
Drive
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Iwakuni
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kurashiki
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip builder tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Singapore to Kyoto, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Singapore in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly to Toyooka.
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Find places to stay May 16 — 21:

Toyooka — 4 nights

A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Get out of town with these interesting Toyooka side-trips: Sumitaka Maeda's Tanka Inscription (in Shinonsen-cho), Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore (in Iwami-cho) and Tottori (Drive-in Tottori Sakyu Kaikan, Tottori Sand Dunes, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate, make a trip to Shinkoro, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kinosaki Marine World, and contemplate the long history of Izushi Castle Town.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Toyooka trip maker app.

Fly from Kyoto to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Izumo.
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Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

Izumo — 4 nights

Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Get out of town with these interesting Izumo side-trips: Matsue (Kamosu Shrine, Shimane Art Museum, &more), Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi) and The Mizuki Shigeru Road (in Sakaiminato). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Grand Shrine, explore the activities along Shinji Lake, make a trip to Former Taisha Station, and admire the landmark architecture of Izumotaisha mae Station.

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Drive from Toyooka to Izumo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Izumo sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yamaguchi.
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Find places to stay May 25 — 29:

Yamaguchi — 3 nights

Kyoto of the West

Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yamaguchi: Nagato (Motonosumi Shrine & Ryuguno Shiofuki), Hagi (Hagi Castle Town, Shoin Shrine, &more) and Mine (Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory, Akiyoshido, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, admire the natural beauty at Jyoei Temple Sesshu Garden, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rurikoji Temple.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yamaguchi vacation planner.

Getting from Izumo to Yamaguchi by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Izumo in May since evenings lows in Yamaguchi dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Beppu.
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Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:

Beppu — 3 nights

The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Change things up with these side-trips from Beppu: African Safari (in Usa) and Yufu (Yunotsubo Kaido, Cheese Factory Yufuin, &more). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in panoramic vistas at Sagiridai Observatory, and look for all kinds of wild species at Oniyama Jigoku.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Beppu online trip maker.

You can drive from Yamaguchi to Beppu in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 4th (Sun), you'll travel to Taketa.
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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:

Taketa — 2 nights

Taketa is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kuju Mountain Range, don't miss a visit to Mt. Kuju, then admire the natural beauty at Kuju Flower Park, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Ruins of Oka Castle National Historic Site, admire the sheer force of Harajiri Falls, then get great views at Daikanbo Overlook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ikeyama Springs, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Hiranodai Highland Viewing Platform.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Taketa travel planner.

You can drive from Beppu to Taketa in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kitakyushu.
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Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:

Kitakyushu — 1 night

An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Old Mojimitsui Club, then take in the views from Blue Wing Moji, then take in panoramic vistas at Mojiko Retro Tenbowsitsu, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kanmon Kaikyo.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kitakyushu using our trip planner.

You can drive from Taketa to Kitakyushu in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Kitakyushu can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Iwakuni.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 7:

Iwakuni — 2 nights

The castle town of Iwakuni has an interesting and varied history populated by samurai warriors and U.S. military personnel.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods, get engrossed in the history at Itsukushima Shrine Treasure Hall, then kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, and finally snap pictures at Miyajima Port Sambashi Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Iwakuni Shirohebi Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kikko Park, then explore the historical opulence of Iwakuni Castle, then snap pictures at Kintaikyo Bridge, and finally make a trip to Statue of Sasaki Kojiro.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Iwakuni travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kitakyushu to Iwakuni in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kurashiki.
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Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:

Kurashiki — 3 nights

A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kurashiki: Okayama (Momotaro Statue, Okayama Korakuen Garden, &more) and Seto Ohashi Memorial Park (in Sakaide). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, get curious at Life Park Kurashiki Science Center, grab your bike and head to Kaze no Michi, and take a memorable drive along Mt. Washuzan Park (Foremer Mt. Washuzan Skyline).

To see photos and more tourist information, use the Kurashiki trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Iwakuni to Kurashiki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Kurashiki can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:

Kyoto — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji and then take a stroll through Pontocho District.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip site.

You can take a train from Kurashiki to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for Osaka.
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Find places to stay Jun 12 — 13:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Izumisano Furusato Machiya House (in Izumisano). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, shop like a local with Dotombori District, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka road trip site.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Find places to stay Jun 13 — 17:

Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

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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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