32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Takayama
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Kanazawa
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
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Nagano
— 3 nights
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Sendai
— 4 nights
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Aomori
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
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Nikko
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more). Have a day of magic on the 11th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and shop like a local with Takeshita Street.

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

Calgary, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Calgary to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Calgary, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kanazawa is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Takayama

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama online trip maker.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Takayama are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You'll set off for Kanazawa on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Kanazawa

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, make a trip to Motenashi Dome, don't miss a visit to Kazuemachi Tea House Street, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, then examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and finally walk around Kanazawa Castle Park. On your second day here, go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden, steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum, then cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and finally contemplate the long history of Shima.

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You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 3 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Senjojiki Cirque (in Komagane), Naraijuku (in Shiojiri) and Mt. Kiso Komagatake (in Agematsu-machi). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, explore the activities along Pond Tashiro, and snap pictures at Myojin Bridge.

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Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Matsumoto, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Nagano

— 3 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Venture out of the city with trips to Karuizawa-machi (Tombo no Yu, Harunire Terrace, &more). The adventure continues: get outside with Snow Monkey Resorts, admire the masterpieces at Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, explore the activities along Lake Kagami, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nagano day trip planning site.

Getting from Matsumoto to Nagano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Sendai.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Sendai

— 4 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sendai: Matsushima-machi (Zuiganji, Matsushima Bay, &more), Umanose (in Rifu-cho) and Hiraizumi-cho (Chuson-ji Temple & Motsu-ji Temple). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, browse the exhibits of Zuihoden, make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Katta.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sendai trip planner.

You can fly from Nagano to Sendai in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Nagano in October since evenings lows in Sendai dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Aomori

— 5 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Get out of town with these interesting Aomori side-trips: Towada (Sensuji no Taki, Oirase Gorge, &more) and Hirosaki (Hirosaki Apple Park, Hirosaki Park, &more). The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Tashirotai Heights, contemplate the waterfront views at Jogakura Stream, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hakkoda Mountains, and explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Aomori holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Aomori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Sendai in October, things will get a bit cooler in Aomori: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Aomori

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple and then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally indulge your senses at ►► Withlocals™ - Local Private Tours 🇯🇵.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo planner.

Traveling by flight from Aomori to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aomori in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors

Nikko

— 2 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hongu Shrine, snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge, and finally make a trip to Irohazaka Route. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, then make a trip to Senjogahara Field, and finally stroll the grounds of Okumiya.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko travel route planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. See some other sides of Tokyo: explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, take a stroll through Akihabara, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo visit site.

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

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.