32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Nagano
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Shirakawa
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Nikko
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
7
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
9
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
11
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Kita
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
13
Fuji
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
14
Nabari
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Tokyo

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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.
On the 23rd (Tue), wander the streets of Marunouchi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and then look for all kinds of wild species at Showa Kinen Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Kitchen Town (Kappabashi), wander the streets of Ueno, and then head outdoors with Tokyo Dome City.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo holiday planner .

If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Showa Kinen Park
Highlights from your plan
Ueno ©
Ueno
Tokyo Dome City ©
Tokyo Dome City

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Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and then steep yourself in history at Matsushiro. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Myoko Kogen.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nagano driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get little chillier in Nagano: highs are around 21°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Winter Sports Nature

Side Trips

Myoko Kogen, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Highlights from your plan
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Myoko Kogen ©
Myoko Kogen

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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.
On the 27th (Sat), make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukashi Shrine, then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, and finally take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Kametaya Sake Brewery, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then get outside with Karasawa Carl, and finally contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto day trip planning site .

You can drive from Nagano to Matsumoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School
Nawate Shopping District
Nawate Shopping District

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nights
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 29th (Mon), examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, contemplate the long history of Kusakabe Folk Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Yoshijima Heritage House, take an in-depth tour of Takayama Showa Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally examine the collection at Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Takayama trip builder .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakabe Dozogai
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Kusakabe Folk Museum ©
Kusakabe Folk Museum

1
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Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Shirakawa no Sekiato, trek along Nishinosato Promenade, contemplate the long history of Shirakawa Haristos Othodox Church, then step into the grandiose world of Komine Castle Remains, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanko Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Shirakawa travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Shirakawa takes 6 hours. Traveling from Takayama in October, things will get slightly colder in Shirakawa: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Trails Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nanko Park ©
Nanko Park
Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takinoo Shrine.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko trip planner .

You can drive from Shirakawa to Nikko in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Shirakawa in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Nikko. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nikko

Baths Spas Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Onsen Resorts

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then take in the waterfront activity at Amaharashi Coast, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Green Park Yoshiime, then steep yourself in history at Ainokura Gassho Community, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Fukumitsuya Sake Brewery, Kanazawa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip site .

You can take a train from Nikko to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nikko in November since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Amaharashi Coast, Maruoka Castle, Green Park Yoshiime, Ainokura Gassho Community
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle and then kick back and relax at Hinase Islands.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Himeji in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Himeji when traveling from Kanazawa in November, with lows around 13°C. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bizen, Fuji Park, Amore Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hinase Islands ©
Hinase Islands
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Fuji Park ©
Fuji Park

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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.
On the 8th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Bay Side Beach Saka and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder site .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Katsuragahama Beach, Bay Side Beach Saka, Suo-Oshima
Highlights from your plan
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kurama, and then take a stroll through Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura. On the next day, wander the streets of Pontocho, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kifune Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura, Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Kamigamo Shrine ©
Kamigamo Shrine
Kifune Shrine ©
Kifune Shrine
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple

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Nara

Nara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa and then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, admire the sheer force of Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, then contemplate the long history of Iga-ryu Ninja Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Nara is just a short distance from Kyoto. November in Nara sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Kita.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Horyu-ji Temple, Iga-ryu Ninja Museum, Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Nifrel, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kabuto (Kabuto-yama), and then immerse yourself in nature at Minamitemma Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kita trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Nara to Kita takes an hour. In November, daytime highs in Kita are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Kita

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Osaka, Nifrel, Mount Kabuto (Kabuto-yama)
Highlights from your plan
Mount Kabuto (Kabuto-yama) ©
Mount Kabuto (Kabuto-yama)
PC and Retro Bar Space Station ©
PC and Retro Bar Space Station
Minamitemma Park ©
Minamitemma Park

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Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. On the 18th (Sun), take in the waterfront activity at Futo Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dogashima Tensodo Cave, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Gempeigawa River. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Fuji journey planner .

Traveling by car from Kita to Fuji takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Kita in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Fuji, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Nishiizu-cho, Gempeigawa River, Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Futo Beach ©
Futo Beach
Dogashima Tensodo Cave ©
Dogashima Tensodo Cave

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Nabari

Nabari ©
Nabari is a city located in central Mie Prefecture, Japan, bordering on Nara Prefecture to the west.As of August 2015, the city has an estimated population of 78,190 and a population density of 603 persons per km2. On the 21st (Wed), make a trip to Aekuni Shrine, experience rural life at Moku Moku Farm, then contemplate the long history of Ueno Castle, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nabari online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Fuji to Nabari in 4 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nabari

Baths Nature Parks

Side Trips

Iga, Soni Highland
Highlights from your plan
Soni Highland ©
Soni Highland
Iga Ueno Castle ©
Iga Ueno Castle
Aekuni Shrine
Aekuni Shrine

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