32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
+2
Fly + subway + train:  17​h 15​min
1
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
7
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
8
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  16​h
End: Kuwait City

2
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.
Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip tool .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Nagasaki is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Kuwait City to Nagasaki, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Kuwait City in October: highs in Nagasaki hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagao Castle Park, Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

5
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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mount Hiuchigatake in Hinoemata-mura (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nikko trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Nikko hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nikko National Park, Mount Hiuchigatake
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Hakone-machi (Tenkakudai, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more), Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck (in Yamanakako-mura) and Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto). There's more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fujikawaguchiko-machi, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nikko to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nikko in October, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Matsumoto Castle
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Hida Takayama Museum of Art, & more), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kanazawa online travel route planner .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kanazawa, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto planning website .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Bizen (Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi & Hattoji Furusatomura) and Awaga Shrine (in Asago). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, walk around Nishiharima Observatory Park, and make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Himeji online tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bizen, Awaga Shrine, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Nishiharima Observatory Park
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary app .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Ohara Museum of Art
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

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