31 days in Japan & Zurich Itinerary

31 days in Japan & Zurich Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
2
Himeji, Japan
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 6 nights
4
Kanazawa, Japan
— 5 nights
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights

3
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter & Ohara Museum of Art) and Itsukushima Shrine Torii (in Hatsukaichi). The adventure continues: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Hiroshima is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Zurich to Hiroshima, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hiroshima, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
Himeji, Japan

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Tokkosan Kaburaiji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Ashiya Rock Garden (in Ashiya), Sato Fruit Kobo (in Nishiwaki) and Kobe (Kobe Harborland, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and don't miss a visit to The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Himeji online day trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kobe, Takasago, The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism, Ashiya Rock Garden, Sato Fruit Kobo
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
ART NOMURA ©
ART NOMURA

6
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan (in Uji), Nagoya (Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology & Tokugawa Art Museum) and Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto journey tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Nagoya, Osaka, Jishu Shrine, Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, Kofuku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Omicho Market, and steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa online holiday builder.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Senso-ji Temple and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Change things up with a short trip to Kōtoku-in in Kamakura (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and visit Odaiba District.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo DisneySea, Kōtoku-in
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

6
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Old Town and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Kunsthalle Luzern, Bourbaki Panorama, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, see the interesting displays at Zurcher Spielzeugmuseum, and take in the exciting artwork at Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Tokyo to Zurich by flight takes about 15.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 8 hours. In April, Zurich is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Lucerne
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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