32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Naha
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kamakura
— 1 night
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Motobu-cho (Tropical Dream Center, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more), Nakagusuku-son (Nakagusuku Castle Ruins & Blue Sky) and Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Heiwa no Ishiji). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Yachimun Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Clara Church, and learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Naha trip maker site.

Toronto, Canada to Naha is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Naha is 14 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Toronto in January; daily highs in Naha reach 22°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 5 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, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, get outside with Yarabudake, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online vacation maker.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Ishigaki in January: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 11°C and lows are around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Osaka

— 4 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 Nara Park (in Nara), Koshikiiwa Shrine (in Nishinomiya) and Kiyoshikojin Seichoji (in Takarazuka). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka journey planning website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Uji (Byodoin & Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and surround yourself with nature on IN KANAZAWA HOUSE.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in February, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (12°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kamakura

— 1 night

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): head off the coast to Enoshima Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kamakura vacation planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kamakura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in February, you will find days in Kamakura are slightly colder (6°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.