32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation maker

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Nara
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kobe
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Zojo-ji Temple and Nezu Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, make a trip to Hozomon, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo sightseeing planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in October, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

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 hidden gems such as Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Natadera Temple. Get some cultural insight at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Ainokura Gassho Community. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum and stroll around Kenrokuen Garden.

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Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tenryuji Temple and Sanzen-in Temple. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, and admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Nara

— 4 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Appreciate the collections at Nara National Museum and Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall. Get some historical perspective at Nigatsu-do Temple and Todai-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Palace Site Historical Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, and admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nara online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Koyasan Okunoin and Hozenji Yokocho. Get some historical perspective at Koyasan Danjo Garan and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji-ji Temple, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka tour builder tool.

Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in October, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Osaka. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kobe

— 4 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Get some cultural insight at Otsuka Museum of Art and Takeda Castle Ruins. Let the collections at Kawasaki Good Times World and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum capture your imagination. Take a break from Kobe with a short trip to Himeji Castle in Himeji, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), admire the masterpieces at Kobe Connection Art Museum, get to know the resident critters at Kobe Oji Zoo, and take in panoramic vistas at Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Kobe sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 30th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Yoshinogari Historical Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, then explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Nanzoin, and finally get engrossed in the history at Munakata Shrine.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip builder app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In October in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.