32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 3 nights
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, relax and rejuvenate at Arona Spa, and stop by Odaiba District.

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Dallas, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 15 hours. Traveling from Dallas in February, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 51°F and 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Daimon-ji Temple (in Ibaraki) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

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Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in February, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Ishigaki

— 4 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, stroll around Banna Park, and identify plant and animal life at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in February, expect Ishigaki to be warmer, temps between 71°F and 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Naha

— 3 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.
Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Sangui), Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park) and Onna-son (Cape Manzamo & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, stop by Kaisou, Kokusaidori, don't miss a visit to Yachimun Street, and explore the world behind art at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Naha trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Naha takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in February, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho

— 2 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, then meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): head outdoors with Mt. Yaedake, relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm, then don't miss a visit to Kouri Ohashi, then enjoy breathtaking views from Ishiyama Viewing Platform, and finally let little ones run wild at Ginoza Roadside Station.

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You can drive from Naha to Motobu-cho in 2 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Naha in February, Motobu-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
On the 24th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Dejima, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, don't miss a visit to Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): snap pictures at Megane Bridge, then walk around Nagao Castle Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally stroll around Inasayama Park.

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Fly from Motobu-cho to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in February, with highs in Nagasaki at 51°F and lows at 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, pick up some new kitchen skills with In Kanazawa House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa journey builder tool.

Getting from Nagasaki to Kanazawa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In February, Kanazawa is a bit cooler than Nagasaki - with highs of 44°F and lows of 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Yamanouchi-machi

— 2 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen, then stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi day trip planning website.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kanazawa in February, with highs in Yamanouchi-machi at 39°F and lows at 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Sapporo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Baths

Sapporo

— 4 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.
When in Sapporo, make a side trip to see Otaru Canal in Otaru, approximately Otaru away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Odori Park, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo attractions planning app.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Sapporo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in February, with highs in Sapporo at 29°F and lows at 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

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.