32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Kamakura
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 5 nights

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Ishigaki

— 3 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, stroll around Kabira Park, get outside with Yarabudake, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip planning website.

Tokyo to Ishigaki is an approximately 5-hour flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Ishigaki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

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: Nakagusuku-son (Blue Sky & Nakagusuku Castle Ruins) and Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki, Sangui, &more). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naminoue-gu Shrine, make a trip to Kokusaidori, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clara Church.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha route maker tool.

Fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Motobu-cho

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kouri Ohashi in Nakijin-son (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, and look for all kinds of wild species at USS Emmons.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho tour planner.

Traveling by car from Naha to Motobu-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Naha in January, plan for little chillier nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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You can fly from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Motobu-cho in January: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 11°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle), Koshikiiwa Shrine (in Nishinomiya) and Nara (Nara Park & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, see the interesting displays at Namban Culture Center, and make a trip to Kuromon Market.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · 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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa travel site.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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 14th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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 15th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kamakura trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kamakura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February in Kamakura, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

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Drive from Kamakura to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in February, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 12°C by day to 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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.