60 days in East Asia Itinerary

60 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Fukuoka
— 7 nights
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Kitakyushu
— 7 nights
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Hiroshima
— 8 nights
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Onomichi
— 6 nights
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Okayama
— 8 nights
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Kyoto
— 9 nights
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Nara
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 8 nights
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Fukuoka — 7 nights

City of Yatai

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.
Kushida Shrine and Tochoji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yoshinogari Historical Park and Uminonakamichi Seaside Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Saga (Saga Castle Hommaru History Museum & Saga 21 Century Kenmin no Mori), Karatsu (Karatsu Castle & Nijino Matsubara) and Iki (Tatsunoshima Island Beach, Irukahana (nose of dolphin), &more). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Fukuoka Tower, don't miss a visit to Yatai, head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island, and take some stellar pictures from Chimachibo Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip itinerary planning site.

New Delhi, India to Fukuoka is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 3.5 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from New Delhi in March: highs in Fukuoka hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kitakyushu.
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Find places to stay Mar 9 — 16:

Kitakyushu — 7 nights

An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Usajingu Shrine and Kokura Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Akiyoshido and Tsunoshima. Explore Kitakyushu's surroundings by going to Matama Beach (in Bungotakada), Shimonoseki (Kanmon Bridge, Tsunoshimao Bridge, &more) and Mine (Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory & Beppu Bentenike). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kanmon Kaikyo, enjoy breathtaking views from Mojiko Retro Tenbowsitsu, take a stroll through Mojiko Retro, and make a trip to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Kitakyushu online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kitakyushu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Kitakyushu sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Mar 16 — 23:

Hiroshima — 8 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some cultural insight at Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Step out of the city life by going to Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Matsuyama (Matsuyama Castle & Dogo Onsengai), Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Museum) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima online itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Kitakyushu to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Onomichi.
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Find places to stay Mar 23 — 31:

Onomichi — 6 nights

A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Step off the beaten path and head to Okunoshima Island and Senkoji & Senkoji Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tomo no Ura and Imabari Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onomichi: Mt. Unpenji (in Kanonji), Imabari (Mt. Kiro Observatory Park & Kurushima Straits Observation Hall) and Kamegamori Forest (in Saijo). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Hiruzen, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shirataki, explore the historical opulence of Fukuyama Castle, and stroll around Bihoku Hillside Park.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Onomichi route planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Onomichi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.
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Okayama — 8 nights

A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kotohira-gu and Ohara Museum of Art. Visit Marugame Castle and Bitchu Matsuyama Castle for their historical value. Explore Okayama's surroundings by going to Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Oharake House Katalyzer, &more), Bizen (Katatetsu Roman Cycling Road & Hinase Islands) and Kameyama Park (Marugame Castle) (in Marugame). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, head off the coast to Naoshima, admire the landmark architecture of Nishie Residence, and explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Okayama travel planning website.

Getting from Onomichi to Okayama by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In April, daily temperatures in Okayama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Apr 6 — 14:

Kyoto — 9 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Kurama and Lake Biwa. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Miyama Town Nature Cultural Village (in Nantan) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, wander the streets of Pontocho District, and take some stellar pictures from Sagano.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning site.

Take a train from Okayama to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.
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Find places to stay Apr 14 — 23:

Nara — 6 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Nigatsu-do Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Mt. Wakakusa and Nara Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nara: Mount Odaigahara (in Kamikitayama-mura), Tanizeno Tsuribashi (in Totsukawa-mura) and Iga-ryu Ninja Museum (in Iga). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yoshino, and contemplate the long history of Naramachi.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nara attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Osaka.
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Find places to stay Apr 23 — 29:

Osaka — 8 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Koyasan Okunoin and Hozenji Yokocho. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Rokko and Mt. Koya. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Kobe (Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Kobe Harborland, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and admire the landmark architecture of Tsutenkaku.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, plan for little chillier nights in Osaka, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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