Route & dates
Start: Vancouver, Canada
Taipei, Taiwan— 4 nights
Tokyo, Japan— 3 nights
Hakone-machi, Japan— 1 night
Kyoto, Japan— 4 nights
Nara, Japan— Few hours
Osaka, Japan— 5 nights
End: Toronto, Canada
Sun, Sep 29 - Fri, Oct 18
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City of Azaleas
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.Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Palace Museum and Hsing Tian Kong. For shopping fun, head to Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) or Unitai. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taipei: Keelung River (in Bali) and YehLiu Geopark (in Wanli). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Taipei 101, make a trip to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yangmingshan National Park, and get engrossed in the history at National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine.
Start your trip to Taipei by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
Vancouver, Canada to Taipei is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Vancouver to Taipei due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in October, with highs in Taipei at 32°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.
Things to do in Taipei
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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.Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Asakusa. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Odaiba District, get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, stop by Akihabara, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.
To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday planner.
Getting from Taipei to Tokyo by flight takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Taipei Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Taipei in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.
Things to do in Tokyo
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Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.
To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner.
Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.
Things to do in Hakone-machi
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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.Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Asahiyaki. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Tokugawa Art Museum in Nagoya, about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.
To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kyoto attractions planner.
Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nara.
Things to do in Kyoto
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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.Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nara using our trip planner.
You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll travel to Osaka.
Things to do in Nara
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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.Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotombori District and Otsuka Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, take in the exciting artwork at Hankyu Umeda Gallery, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.
To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planner.
You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Nara in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Osaka, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.
Things to do in Osaka
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Otsuka Museum of Art, Himeji Castle, The World Money Box Museum, Mt. Koya
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