32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Fly
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Kanazawa
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
6
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
8
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
9
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Fly

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Nagasaki

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Megane Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki day trip app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Nagasaki is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Nagasaki is 7 hours. When traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for much colder days in Nagasaki, with highs around 13°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Highlights from your trip
Glover Garden ©
Garden
Glover Garden
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5
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and stop by Akihabara.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Tokyo Tower ©
Architectural Building
Tokyo Tower
4.2

4
nights
Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Mount Fuji ©
World heritage site
Mount Fuji
4.5
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Water Body
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
4.1

3
nights
Kanazawa

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: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. December in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

5
nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto attractions planning website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Highlights from your trip
Arashiyama ©
Neighborhood
Arashiyama
4.3

2
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Koya-cho

On the 21st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and finally contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eko-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saito, then take in the awesome beauty at Katsuragi Highlands, and finally pick up some local products at Kannonyama Fruits Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Koya-cho online vacation planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Religious Site
Kongobu-ji Temple
4.6
Mt. Koya ©
Mountain
Mt. Koya
4.6
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Historic Site
Koyasan Danjo Garan
4.6

4
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Osaka

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Tsudoshiroyama Ancient Tomb (in Fujiidera). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, see the interesting displays at Namban Culture Center, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka road trip planner.

Drive from Koya-cho to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in December, plan for little chillier nights in Osaka, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Osaka Castle ©
Castle
Osaka Castle
4.0
Dotombori District ©
Neighborhood
Dotombori District
4.0

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, then steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Koko-en ©
Garden
Koko-en
4.4
Himeji Castle ©
World heritage site
Himeji Castle
4.5
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Landmark
Shoshazan Engyoji
4.8

4
nights
Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Momijidani Park (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, enjoy some diversion at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip site.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Miyajima
Island
Miyajima
4.8
Itsukushima Shrine ©
World heritage site
Itsukushima Shrine
4.7

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