28 days in East Asia Itinerary

28 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route builder

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train
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Nikko
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 8 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Zojo-ji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hase-dera Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai) and Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, wander the streets of Ueno District, and see the interesting displays at Fire Museum.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Edmonton to Tokyo. Traveling from Edmonton in April, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 10:

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 Kasuga Grand Shrine and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Kongobu-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Yoshino-cho (Tonanin, Kinpusenji Temple, &more), Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, and ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 16:

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Visit Kinkaku-ji and Tofuku-ji Temple for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenryuji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Uji (Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan & Byodoin). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, wander the streets of Pontocho District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto driving holiday tool.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 23:

Nikko

— 5 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oya History Museum and Yomeimon (Main Gate). Get some historical perspective at Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Oya temple. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge, get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Yunoko Lake, and admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nikko trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nikko in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect nights in Nikko to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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