17 days in East Asia Itinerary

17 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive to Kure, Ferry to Matsuyama
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive
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Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Okayama
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
Drive
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally boost your wellbeing at Hiroshima Stretch.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima itinerary planner.

Fukuoka to Hiroshima is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 28th (Fri), you're off to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 28th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Dogo Onsengai, and then make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Matsuyama trip builder.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Hiroshima to Matsuyama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Baths · Neighborhoods · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:

Kochi

— 2 nights
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.
On the 29th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, then look for gifts at Hirome Ichiba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Harimaya Bridge. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Katurahama Aquarium, kick back and relax at Katsura Hama, then make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kochi online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 31st (Mon), you'll travel to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:

Takamatsu

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Takamatsu Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ritsurin Garden.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Takamatsu trip planner.

You can drive from Kochi to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kochi in October: highs in Takamatsu hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then wander the streets of Asahikawa no Hotori, and finally test the waters at Komori Onsen. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Inukai Bokudo Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Okayama trip planner.

Drive from Takamatsu to Okayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Okayama, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ako Oishi Shrine and then steep yourself in history at Remains of Ako Castle.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji online trip planner.

You can take a train from Okayama to Himeji in an hour. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Okayama in November, Himeji is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take a stroll through Kitano Ijinkan-gai, then stop by Kobe Harborland, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kobe trip tool.

Getting from Himeji to Kobe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. November in Kobe sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Baths · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

Osaka

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Gion, &more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Dotombori District, stop by Tower Knives Osaka, visit Tobita Shinchi, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:

Shikoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
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.