13 days in East Asia Itinerary

13 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly
4
Ishigaki
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo journey planner.

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in May, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and finally stop by Gion.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:

Osaka

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:

Ishigaki

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 3rd (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, then get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, and then stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki planner.

Fly from Osaka to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Osaka in June: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 37°C and lows are around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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