32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Izu
— 2 nights
Train + Bus:  3​h
3
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Bus + Train:  4​h 45​min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Nagahama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Gamagori
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Aomori
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Toyako-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
13
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Paris

4
nights
Tokyo

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills) and Ueno. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning website .

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paris to Tokyo. Traveling from Paris in September, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Izu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ueno ©
Ueno
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

2
nights
Izu

Izu ©
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kisami Ohama Beach and Shirahama Jinja Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Izu: Imaihama Beach (in Kawazu-cho), Shimoda (Ryosenji Temple & Sotoura Beach) and Ito (Cherry Blossom Trees at Izu Kogen Highlands & Jogasaki Coast).

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Izu trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Tokyo to Izu in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Izu can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Izu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Shimoda, Ito, Imaihama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sotoura Beach ©
Sotoura Beach
Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast
Shirahama Jinja Shrine ©
Shirahama Jinja Shrine

1
night
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fujiyoshida route tool .

Getting from Izu to Fujiyoshida by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Izu in September, things will get a bit cooler in Fujiyoshida: highs are around 24°C and lows about 22°C. On the 8th (Sat), you're off toKanazawa.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks Historic Sites Nature

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore hidden gems such as Gokayama and Ainokura Gassho Community. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Suganuma Gassho Community (in Nanto) and Maruoka Castle (in Sakai). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa route website .

You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Fujiyoshida in September, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Nagahama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Maruoka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

1
night
Nagahama

Nagahama ©
Rising to prominence under feudal rule in the 16th century, the city of Nagahama sits in the northeast Shiga Prefecture, on the shores of Lake Biwa.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Biwa, head off the coast to Chikubushima, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukubusuma Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Metasequoia Namiki, go for a stroll along the water at Kaizu Osaki, and then kick back and relax at Makino Sunny Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nagahama trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nagahama takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nagahama

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Takashima, Lake Biwa
Highlights from your plan
Chikubushima ©
Chikubushima
Lake Biwa ©
Lake Biwa
Metasequoia Namiki ©
Metasequoia Namiki

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsuruma Park, examine the collection at Toyota Automobile Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine and then wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Nagahama to Nagoya by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 24°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gamagori.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Toyota Automobile Museum
Highlights from your plan
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

2
nights
Gamagori

Gamagori ©
Gamagōri is a city in Aichi Prefecture, Japan., the city has an estimated population of 81,332 and a population density of 1,430 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Toyoda Sakichi Memorial Hall/Bithplace. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongoshoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, and then go for a stroll along the water at Meotoiwa.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gamagori sightseeing site .

You can drive from Nagoya to Gamagori in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Gamagori can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Gamagori

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Tahara, Toyoda Sakichi Memorial Hall/Bithplace, Honkoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kongoshoji Temple ©
Kongoshoji Temple
Futami Okitama Shrine ©
Futami Okitama Shrine
Meotoiwa ©
Meotoiwa

3
nights
Kyoto

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, wander the streets of Pontocho, and contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Gamagori to Kyoto takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple

2
nights
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
On the 20th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tsutanonana Swamp. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, then get answers to all your questions at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, and then make a trip to Jomon Jiyukan.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Aomori online route maker .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Aomori in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in September; daily highs in Aomori reach 25°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Aomori

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tsutanonana Swamp
Highlights from your plan
Aomori Museum of Art ©
Aomori Museum of Art
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Onuma Lake.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hakodate trip planner.

You can take a train from Aomori to Hakodate in 2.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Toyako-cho.

Things to do in Hakodate

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Onuma Lake
Highlights from your plan
Onuma Lake ©
Onuma Lake
Hachimanzaka ©
Hachimanzaka
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate

2
nights
Toyako-cho

Toyako-cho ©
Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Toyako Volcano Science Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Toyako Visitor Center, and then hike along Orofure Pass.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Toyako-cho trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Hakodate to Toyako-cho takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Toyako-cho can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Toyako-cho

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Horseback Riding Tours, Orofure Pass
Highlights from your plan
Orofure Pass ©
Orofure Pass
Toyako Volcano Science Museum ©
Toyako Volcano Science Museum
Toyako Visitor Center ©
Toyako Visitor Center

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Clock Tower (Tokei-dai), enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip maker tool .

Drive from Toyako-cho to Sapporo in 2 hours. September in Sapporo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Sankeien Gardens and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Step out of Tokyo to go to Urayasu and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 28th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. See some other sides of Tokyo: ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, wander the streets of Marunouchi, admire the natural beauty at Happoen Garden, and make a trip to Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sapporo in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Urayasu, Sankeien Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Happoen Garden ©
Happoen Garden

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