32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + tram + train:  17​h 45​min
1
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
3
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Chicago

4
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 Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Jinya, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

Plan trip to Kanazawa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Chicago, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 15 hours. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Kanazawa to be a bit warmer, temps between 49°F and 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

5
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 Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
nights
Himeji

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, explore the striking landscape at Tottori Sand Dunes, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kuma.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Himeji visit planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Himeji are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Shikoku Mura Village, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Mt. Kuma, Tottori Sand Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Kosanji Temple (in Onomichi). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip planning tool .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kosanji Temple
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
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Venture out of the city with trips to Panoramic Viewing Platform (in Yamanakako-mura), Hakone-machi (Tenkakudai, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more) and Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto). Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji and go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi road trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Nagasaki to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Nagasaki in December, plan for little chillier days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 45°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Chubu, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Matsumoto Castle
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

6
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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