32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour itinerary planner

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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Chitose
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Obihiro
— 3 nights
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Chitose
— 1 night
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Osaka
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Okayama
— 3 nights
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Takamatsu
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Himeji
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
Train to 石和温泉駅, Bus to Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Sapporo

— 2 nights

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 Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo road trip website.

Edmonton, Canada to Sapporo is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Sapporo is 16 hours. While traveling from Edmonton, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Wed) before leaving for Chitose.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Chitose

With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
Before you visit Chitose, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Sapporo to Chitose by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Chitose. You'll set off for Obihiro on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Chitose

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Obihiro

— 3 nights
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tokachigawa Onsen. On your second day here, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Tokachigawa Onsen, explore the world behind art at Hokkaido Obihiro Museum Of Art, admire the striking features of Old Kawahara Residence, examine the collection at Tokachi Agricultural Machinery Museum, then examine the collection at Obihiro Centennial City Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Horse Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Obihiro road trip planner.

Getting from Chitose to Obihiro by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Chitose in May, Obihiro is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for Chitose.

Things to do in Obihiro

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Chitose

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then make a trip to Hokkaido Ramen Dojo, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Snow Miku Sky Town.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Chitose road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Obihiro to Chitose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Obihiro in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Chitose, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks · Spas · Nature · Baths
Highlights from your trip

Osaka

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.
For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Osaka tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Chitose to Osaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chitose in May; daily highs in Osaka reach 29°C and lows reach 18°C. On the 10th (Sun), you're off to Okayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Okayama

— 3 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Okayama Kinshu Kaikan, browse the eclectic array of goods at Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi, examine the collection at Bizen Osafune Token Village, then take a peaceful walk through Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, and finally visit Asahikawa no Hotori.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Okayama online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Osaka to Okayama by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Okayama are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Wed) before leaving for Takamatsu.

Things to do in Okayama

Museums · Parks · Spas · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 2 nights

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiramine Shrine, see the interesting displays at Kotohira-gu Shrine Omoteshoin, take an in-depth tour of Kotohira Municipal Historic Museum, then admire the striking features of Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, and finally stop by Kagawa Bussankan Ritsurinan.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu tour planning tool.

You can take a train from Okayama to Takamatsu in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Takamatsu can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
Head to Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura and Matsunoshitayafor some retail therapy. Appreciate the collections at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum and Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan. Venture out of the city with trips to Higashiomi (Hyakusai-ji Temple & Eigenji Temple), Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple (in Kyotanabe) and Kongorin-ji Temple (in Aisho-cho). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Chishaku-in, take a stroll through Shinbashi Dori, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online tour itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Takamatsu to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°C. You'll set off for Hiroshima on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get outside with Paddle Park, then kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyama Shrine. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Former Naval Academy, get outside with Tobishima Kaido, kick back and relax at Bay Side Beach Saka, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Saijotsuru Brewery, then take a stroll through Saijo, and finally don't miss a visit to Saijohommachi History Square.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Let the collections at Motorcar Museum of Japan and Kanazawa Noh Museum capture your imagination. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mikuni Sunset Beach and Hamaji Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Nanto (Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo & Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple), Toyama (Ecchu Yatsuo Hikiyama Exhibition Pavilion & Yatsuo no Machinami) and Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice (in Kaga). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, look for gifts at Sakuda Honten, take a stroll around Shiinoki Cultural Complex Ishikawa Prefecture, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, plan for little chillier nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama

— 2 nights
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.
For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Takayama road trip planner.

Take a bus from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Doshin Koji and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip builder website.

Getting from Takayama to Matsumoto by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. May in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 1 night
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.
For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Matsumoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 19°C. You will leave for Tokyo on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Tokyo

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center and Nissan Crossing. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza Itoya Hontren and TOKYO Samurai Kembu. Change things up with a short trip to Soji-ji Temple in Yokohama (about 44 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, explore the galleries of Fukagawa Edo Museum, see the interesting displays at Katsushika Shibamata Torasan Memorial Hall, and get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo attractions planning site.

Traveling by train from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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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.