20 days in East Asia Itinerary

20 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner
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Fly
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Kumamoto
— 1 night
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Minamioguni-machi
— 1 night
Drive
3
Fukuoka
— 1 day
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kumamoto — 1 night

Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kumamon Square, Sakuranobaba Josaien Tourist Information Center, Kumamoto Castle, and other attractions you added. On the 1st (Thu), make a trip to Kumamon Square, walk around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, then pause for some photo ops at Monkey D. Luffy Statue, then make a trip to Kumamoto Castle, and finally get your bearings at Sakuranobaba Josaien Tourist Information Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kumamoto holiday app.

Helsinki, Finland to Kumamoto is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Helsinki to Kumamoto, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Kumamoto is much hotter than Helsinki - with highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Minamioguni-machi.
Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:

Minamioguni-machi — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): test the waters at Kurokawa Onsen.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Minamioguni-machi attractions planner.

Drive from Kumamoto to Minamioguni-machi in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Minamioguni-machi can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fukuoka.
Spas · Baths
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:
Highlights from your trip

Fukuoka — 1 day

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 3rd (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, go for a walk through Ohori Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Hakata Station.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip builder website.

Drive from Minamioguni-machi to Fukuoka in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Nigiwai Koryu Hiroba.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.
Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

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.
On the 7th (Wed), take a stroll through Dotombori District, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then make a trip to Kuromon Market.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka road trip website.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.
Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Kyoto — 3 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto route maker.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Fujiyoshida.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Fujiyoshida — 1 night

A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stroll around Arakurayama Sengen Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fujiyoshida trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Fujiyoshida takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujiyoshida, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.
Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Tokyo — 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 16th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Ginza, make a trip to Tokyo Skytree, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujiyoshida to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Fujiyoshida in September, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 18: