22 days in East Asia Itinerary

22 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Toji. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Yasaka Shrine.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for much colder days in Kyoto, with highs around 16°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 26:

Tokyo

— 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.
Get some historical perspective at Zojo-ji Temple and Hozomon. Get a sense of the local culture at Samurai Museum and Fire Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshogu Shrine.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Tokyo tour planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 31:

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bay Side Beach Saka and Shiraito River. Museum-lovers will appreciate Yamato Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Senjokaku, &more) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 5:

Osaka

— 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koyasan Okunoin and Sarutahiko Shrine. Get some historical perspective at Ise Shrine Geku and Horyu-ji Temple. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more) and Kongobu-ji Temple (in Koya-cho). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Dotombori District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, and visit Minami (Namba).

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online route planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 11: