21 days in Taipei, Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

21 days in Taipei, Osaka & Tokyo Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Taipei, Taiwan
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 7 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 8 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dalongdong Bao An Temple and Hsing Tian Kong. Get some historical perspective at Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple) and Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Songshan Ciyou Temple, appreciate the history behind National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, shop like a local with Eslite Bookstore - Xinyi, and see the interesting displays at Miniatures Museum of Taiwan.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Taipei vacation maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Taipei is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Taipei due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, things will get warmer in Taipei: highs are around 32°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Taipei

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
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Dalongdong Bao An Temple ©
Dalongdong Bao An Temple
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

7
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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 Tenryuji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Kasuga Grand Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Otsu (Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple & Emperor Kobun Cemetery), Koya-cho (Zofukuin Temple, Koyasan Danjo Garan, &more) and Kyoto (Nijo Castle, Myoshinji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Daibutsuden.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

You can fly from Taipei to Osaka in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Taipei Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, Osaka is little chillier than Taipei - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Koya-cho, Nara, Otsu
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

8
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Asakusa Shrine and Zojo-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokyo National Museum and Kencho-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Tokeiji Temple, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, and steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kamakura
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teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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