32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cebu City, Cebu Island
Fly + Train:  6 h 30 min
1
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Onna-son
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
7
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
8
Asahikawa
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Cebu City, Cebu Island

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, & more). The adventure continues: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planning website .

Cebu City, Philippines to Kyoto is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Philippines Time (PHT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji route planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Kyoto in July, you will find days in Himeji are a bit cooler (33°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima visit website .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, pause for some photo ops at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki day trip app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In July in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Nakijin-son (Kouri Bridge & Kouri Ocean Tower), Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son) and Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Kariyushi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manza Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Manzamo.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Onna-son trip builder tool .

Getting from Nagasaki to Onna-son by combination of train, taxi, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. July in Onna-son sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Naha, Motobu-cho, Nirai Beach, Okuma Beach
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
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 27th (Fri): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, stroll through Kanazawa Castle Park, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. On the next day, cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Omicho Market, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Onna-son to Kanazawa by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Onna-son in July since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's still lots to do: stroll through Odori Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower, contemplate the long history of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and don't miss a visit to Clock Tower (Tokei-dai).

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kanazawa to Sapporo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Kanazawa in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Sapporo, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a train to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Otaru Canal, Jigokudani
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

3
nights
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asahikawa: Sugatami no Ike Lake (in Higashikawa-cho), Biei-cho (Blue Pond, Shikisai no Oka, & more) and Farm Tomita (in Nakafurano-cho). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Asahiyama Zoo, get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisetsuzan.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Asahikawa day trip planning site .

Take a train from Sapporo to Asahikawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Asahikawa can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Farm Tomita, Sugatami no Ike Lake, Daisetsuzan
Highlights from your plan
Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea) and Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura) (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online attractions planner .

You can fly from Asahikawa to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in August: highs in Tokyo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kōtoku-in
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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