32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kariya
— 1 day
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Nara
— 9 nights
Drive
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Obama
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 4th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Tokyo is 9 hours. In January in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Kariya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Kariya

— 1 day
Kariya is a city in central Aichi Prefecture, Japan. On the 7th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yufuku-ji Temple, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Natsural Onsen Kakitsubata, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiryu Shrine, and finally get in on the family fun at Kotsu Jido Yuen.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kariya visit planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Kariya in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kariya can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kariya

Historic Sites · Baths · Spas · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Kyoto

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Uji (Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan & Byodoin). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Kariya to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nishinomiya (Akamon Oneribei, Nishinomiya Shrine, &more), Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Kobe (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum & Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara

— 9 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nara: Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine, Sai Shrine, &more), Ikoma (Hozan-ji Temple & Iwatani Falls Daishoin) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Nara Park, make a trip to Takaminosato, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Nara, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Obama.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Obama

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Nihonkai Sakana Machi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kehi Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Pagoda at Myotusji Temple, and finally visit Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Wakasahime Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama Food Cultural Center, then get engrossed in the history at Wakasa History Museum, and finally get all the information you need at Wakasa Fisherman's Wharf.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Obama online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Nara to Obama in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Obama

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.