32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Osaka Kansai, Train to Nagoya
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Nagoya
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Nagoya

— 4 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama), Kariya Highway Oasis (in Kariya) and Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya road trip app.

Cairns, Australia to Nagoya is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cairns to Nagoya, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Nagoya is colder than Cairns - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Byodoin in Uji, approximately Uji away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in December, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka

— 2 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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and finally meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kobe Animal Kingdom, Onsen-ji Temple, Nadano Sakagura, and other attractions you added. On the next day, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, take in the spiritual surroundings of Onsen-ji Temple, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kobe Animal Kingdom, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nofuku Temple, and finally visit Kobe Harborland.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kobe, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Momijidani Park (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and see where the action happens at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima route planner.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Himeji

— 3 nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Takeda Castle Ruins, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Yoshitake Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, take in the views from Megane Bridge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kazagashira Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myogyoji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Glover House and Office, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Nagasaki trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Himeji to Nagasaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Naha

— 4 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Motobu-cho (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Okichan Theater, &more), Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son) and AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Yachimun Street, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo, and get your game on at Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Naha online vacation planner.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Naha in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Naha: highs are around 24°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Gokayama (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, stop by Higashichaya Old Town, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Naha to Kanazawa by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Naha in January: high temperatures in Kanazawa hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
Take a break from Sapporo with a short trip to Otaru Canal in Otaru, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, take a stroll through Susukino, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kanazawa in January: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around -3°C and lows are around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.