32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  19​h
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Chitose
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Obihiro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Chitose
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Osaka
— Few hours
train:  1​h
6
Okayama
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Takahashi
— Few hours
train:  1​h
8
Kurashiki
— Few hours
train:  45​min
9
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
10
Naoshima-cho
— Few hours
+2
ferry + bus + train:  3​h
11
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
12
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  1​h
13
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
14
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
15
Takayama
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
16
Matsumoto
— Few hours
train:  4​h 30​min
17
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
18
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park has been added to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sapporo St. Michael's Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Hokkaido University Museum and Kagaminuma. Take a break from Sapporo with a short trip to Keiyu Nishimura Museum of Art in Kyowa-cho, about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Important Cultural Properties at Hokkaido University Botanical Garden Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Shrine Tongu, and savor the flavors at Hakko Gakuen Farm Market, Original Deli Products.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sapporo trip tool .

Sapporo is very close to Chitose. Traveling from Chitose in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Chitose.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Keiyu Nishimura Museum of Art, Kagaminuma
Highlights from your plan
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine

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hours
Chitose

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.
To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chitose online trip itinerary maker .

Chitose is very close to Sapporo. Traveling from Sapporo in May, plan for little chillier nights in Chitose, with lows around 7°C. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel to Obihiro.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Museums Outdoors

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nights
Obihiro

Obihiro ©
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then steep yourself in history at Obihiro Shrine. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Otsu Beach, explore the world behind art at Nakasatsunai Museum, then see the interesting displays at Tokachi Agricultural Machinery Museum, then see the interesting displays at Beet Museum, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Memuro Farmers Market Aisaiya.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Obihiro online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Chitose to Obihiro takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Chitose in May since evenings lows in Obihiro dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Chitose.

Things to do in Obihiro

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Nakasatsunai Museum, Memuro Farmers Market Aisaiya, Onsen Resorts, Shikanoyu, Nupukano Sato
Highlights from your plan
Obihiro Shrine ©
Obihiro Shrine

1
night
Chitose

Chitose
To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chitose tour planner .

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, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Chitose. You'll set off for Osaka on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Museums Outdoors

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hours
Osaka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stop by Tower Knives Osaka, then get into the urban bustle at Daimaru Museum Umeda, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka tour planner .

Getting from Chitose to Osaka by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In May, Osaka is a bit warmer than Chitose - with highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Shopping

Side Trips

National Museum of Ethnology, Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tower Knives Osaka ©
Tower Knives Osaka
National Museum of Ethnology ©
National Museum of Ethnology
Daimaru Museum Umeda ©
Daimaru Museum Umeda

3
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 11th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Imamura-gu, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi, then examine the collection at Bizen Osafune Token Village, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Honzanji Temple, grab your bike and head to Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, then admire the masterpieces at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), and finally don't miss a visit to Asahikawa no Hotori.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Okayama trip tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Takahashi.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi, Bizen Osafune Token Village, Honzanji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest ©
Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest
Honzanji Temple ©
Honzanji Temple
Imamura-gu ©
Imamura-gu

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hours
Takahashi

Takahashi ©
Takahashi is a city located in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dogen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Bitchu Matsuyama Castle Onegoya Ruins, and then admire the masterpieces at Takahashi History and Art Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Takahashi itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Okayama to Takahashi takes 1.5 hours. May in Takahashi sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Takahashi

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bitchu Matsuyama Castle Onegoya Ruins ©

few
hours
Kurashiki

Kurashiki ©
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stop by Mamekichi Hompo, Kurashiki and then stroll the grounds of Komorizuka Ancient Tomb.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kurashiki route builder website .

Traveling by car from Takahashi to Kurashiki takes an hour. May in Kurashiki sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Komorizuka Ancient Tomb
Highlights from your plan
Komorizuka Ancient Tomb ©
Komorizuka Ancient Tomb

2
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): wander the streets of Shionoe-cho, contemplate the waterfront views at Cape Osaki-no-Hana, and then stop by Kagawa Bussankan Ritsurinan.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Kurashiki to Takamatsu in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Nature Parks Shopping

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hours
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
On the 15th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Miyanoura Gallery Rokku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hachiman Shrine, and then see the interesting displays at 007 Museum.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Naoshima-cho trip planning website .

You can drive from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho in 1.5 hours. May in Naoshima-cho sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
007 Museum ©
007 Museum

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu and Al Plaza Daigo. Escape the urban bustle at Rokuen and Takatsuki Field Athletic. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Byodoin (in Uji), Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Omiwa Shrine) and Nara (Nara National Museum, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, wander the streets of Pontocho, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder tool .

You can fly from Nagasaki to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Sakurai, Mint Museum, Byodoin, Takatsuki Field Athletic
Highlights from your plan
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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hours
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.
To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Takayama to Himeji takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Himeji sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 27th (Wed): kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll set off for Fujikawaguchiko-machi on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street ©

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nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yatsuo no Machinami and Shirayama Hime Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum and Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo. Venture out of the city with trips to Echizen Beach (in Echizen-cho), Motorcar Museum of Japan (in Komatsu) and Fukui City Griffis Museum (in Fukui). And it doesn't end there: stop by Sakuda Honten, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakusan, admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudosonkorin Temple.

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

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hakusan, Yatsuo no Machinami, Motorcar Museum of Japan, Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo, Echizen Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fudosonkorin Temple ©
Fudosonkorin Temple
Motorcar Museum of Japan ©
Motorcar Museum of Japan
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum

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Takayama

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.
On the 25th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, then sample the tasty concoctions at Watanabe Sake Brewery, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Rail - MTB Gattan Go!!.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Matsumoto to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Takayama are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 26th (Tue), you'll travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hida
Highlights from your plan
Shirakabe Dozogai ©
Shirakabe Dozogai
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!! ©
Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!

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Matsumoto

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.
To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip app .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Saiko Lake.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Historic Sites Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine ©
Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine
Yamanashi Gem Museum ©
Yamanashi Gem Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Marunouchi, look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren, then identify plant and animal life at Tokyo Port Wildbird Park, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shimokitazawa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo route maker app .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Yanaka ©
Yanaka

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