24 days in East Asia Itinerary

24 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Matsue
— 2 nights
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Okayama
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Narita
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Yanaka District, and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Tokyo.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder website.

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Montreal to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Natadera Temple and Gyokusen-immaru Garden. When in Kanazawa, make a side trip to see Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road in Hakusan, approximately Hakusan away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirayama Hime Shrine, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planning website.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:

Osaka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip maker.

Drive from Kanazawa to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Matsue.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Matsue

— 2 nights
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shinji Lake and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Explore Matsue's surroundings by going to Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi) and Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography (in Hoki-cho). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Buke Yashiki, examine the collection at Gogin Karakoro Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Matsue trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Osaka to Matsue in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October in Matsue, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Okayama.

Things to do in Matsue

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Okayama

— 5 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bitchu Matsuyama Castle and Ohashi House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Okayama: Bicchukokubunji Temple (in Soja) and Hiroshima (Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, explore the world behind art at Okayama Orient Museum, and step off the mainland to explore Inujima.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Okayama trip planner.

Getting from Matsue to Okayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Okayama, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 1:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Daikaku-ji and Jojakkoji Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Genkoan, and admire the natural beauty at Shisendo Temple.

Before you visit Kyoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Okayama to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to Narita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:

Narita

— 1 night
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Naritasan Omote Sando, and then don't miss a visit to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple Main Gate. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Pagoda of Peace, contemplate the long history of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, and then stroll around Naritasan Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Narita trip website.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Narita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7: