32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner

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Fly
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Sapporo
— 1 night
Drive
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Date
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakodate
— 1 night
Ferry to Oma, Drive to Sendai
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Sendai
— 1 night
Train
5
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Yokohama
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagano
— 2 nights
Train
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Toyama
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Train to Namba(Subway), Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Kumamoto
— 1 night
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Sapporo

— 1 night

CIty of Ramen

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kaitaku Shrine as well as Soma Shrine. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Soma Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaitaku Shrine, and then get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiroishi Shrine.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sapporo attractions planning website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sapporo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Sapporo is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sapporo when traveling from Amsterdam in September, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Date.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites

Date

— 2 nights
Date is a city in Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. Jigokudani has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani and then get impressive views of Mt. Usu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Shiraginu no Toko, see the interesting displays at Date City Kaitaku Memorial, and then see the interesting displays at Tomiko Miyao Literature Memorial.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Date trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Date takes 2 hours. October in Date sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Hakodate.

Things to do in Date

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Hakodate

— 1 night

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kitajima Saburo Memorial Museum has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Kitajima Saburo Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Kyu Soma-tei, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakodate Hachiman Shrine.

Make your Hakodate itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Date to Hakodate in 3 hours. In October in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Sendai.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums

Sendai

— 1 night
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 5th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takekoma Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Funaoka Castle Ruins, and then appreciate the views at Rairaikyo Gorge. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinnoji Temple, get a new perspective on nature at Tohoku University of Natural History, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosho-ji Temple.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sendai online attractions planner.

Getting from Hakodate to Sendai by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sendai when traveling from Hakodate in October, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Meiji Jingu Shrine, Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo National Museum and Nezu Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei) and Jindai-ji Temple (in Chofu). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sengaku-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Hozomon.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip website.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sendai in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama

— 1 night
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stop by Yokohama Chinatown, then steep yourself in history at Nipponmaru Memorial Park, then see the interesting displays at Yokohama Port Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kishamichi Promenade.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yokohama travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Yokohama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Matsumoto

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Yokohama to Matsumoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Yokohama in October; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 21°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple and then surround yourself with nature on Snow Monkey Resorts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagano journey app.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Toyama.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Toyama

— 2 nights
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Toyama Glass Art Museum and THE SUIBOKU MUSEUM, TOYAMA. Get in touch with nature at Murododaira and Daikanbo. Go for a jaunt from Toyama to Tateyama-machi to see Oyama Shrine about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Yatsuo no Machinami, examine the collection at Ecchu Yatsuo Hikiyama Exhibition Pavilion, and pick up some new kitchen skills with Ikiiki Kan.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Toyama trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagano to Toyama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Toyama are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Toyama

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sagano as well as Gion. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Sagano, wander the streets of Gion, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Genkoan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip maker.

You can take a train from Toyama to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Osaka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, admire the natural beauty at Sakuya Konohanakan, and then don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Nara

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Sun), appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then walk around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nara trip planner.

Drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Let the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Itsukushima Shrine and Senjokaku are in your itinerary. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Daishoin Temple in Hatsukaichi, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nara to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 1 night

City of Peace

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally admire the masterpieces at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites

Kumamoto

— 1 night
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kumamoto trip planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Kumamoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Museums · Historic Sites
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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.