32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Exeter
Train + Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
8
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
9
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  20 h 45 min
End: Exeter

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary maker website.

Exeter, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Exeter to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Tokyo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Wada House, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

3
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Hakuba-mura (Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, Spas & Wellness, &more), Suwa (Kirigamine Marshland & Maihime Breweries) and Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, and explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Suwa, Zenko-ji Temple, Takato Castle Remains Park
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Ise (Okage Yokocho, Ise Grand Shrine, &more) and Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank (in Iwakura). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Tree-lined Road of Okanzakura, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato.

Plan a Nagoya trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Matsumoto to Nagoya by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Nagoya, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Ise, Chubu Park, Nabana no Sato, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Jishu Shrine (in Otsu), Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Keishuin Garden, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in April: highs in Kyoto hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
On the 20th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then stroll around Otokoyama Haisuiike Park. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and then trek along Mt Shosha hiking.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip builder.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
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) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to 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
Miyajima
Miyajima
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Glover Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kannondo, and ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, walk around Kabira Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

Plan my day in Ishigaki using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Ishigaki takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Nagasaki in April, things will get a bit warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

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