32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Mitaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Fuji
— 1 day
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Fukushima
— 7 nights
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Drive to Sendai Airport, Fly to Osaka International Airport, Drive to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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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 teamLab Borderless, Cat Cafe Monta, Tokyo DisneySea, and other attractions you added. There's more to do: wander the streets of Shibuya Center-gai.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mitaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Mitaka

— 1 night
Mitaka is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 189,168 and a population density of 11,520 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Jindai-ji Temple, stop by Sunroad, Kichijoji, then take a stroll through Kichijoji, and finally admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mitaka journey planning tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Mitaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Mitaka are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Mitaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 29th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mitaka to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Mitaka, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fuji.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Fuji

— 1 day
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Mishima Taisha as well as Mount Fuji. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fuji and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mishima Taisha.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fuji trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Fuji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Fuji, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 nights
For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Fuji to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Fukushima on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Fukushima

— 7 nights
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Let the collections at Fujishiro Seiji Museum and Yamagata Retro Museum capture your imagination. Visit Tsuruga jo Castle and Iimoriyama for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Fukushima: Yamagata (Yamadera Basho Memorial Hall, Risshaku-ji Temple, &more), Noguchi Hideyo Memorial (in Inawashiro-machi) and Kitashiobara-mura (Goshikinuma Lake & Morohashi Museum of Modern Art). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Okama Crater, take an in-depth tour of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle, don't miss a visit to Tonohetsuri, and explore the activities along Bikki Numa.

Plan trip to Fukushima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Tokyo to Fukushima by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in November, with highs in Fukushima at 53°F and lows at 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fukushima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, explore the world behind art at Kyoto National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fukushima to Kyoto. Traveling from Fukushima in November, expect Kyoto to be a bit warmer, temps between 62°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Nara

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): sample some tasty brews at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, browse the exhibits of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park.

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Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Osaka

— 3 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 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnology, examine the collection at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, examine the collection at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, then steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Ibaraki City Cultural Museum, then admire the sheer force of Waterfall of Mino, and finally examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

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Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Imaise Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 3 nights
To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planner.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will leave for home on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.

Fukushima Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Bodies of Water
Fukushima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Fukushima.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Fukushima prefecture was part of what was known as Mutsu Province.The Shirakawa Barrier and the Nakoso Barrier were built around the 5th century to protect 'civilized Japan' from the 'barbarians' to the north. Fukushima became a Province of Mutsu after the Taika Reforms were established in 646.In 718, the provinces of Iwase and Iwaki were created, but these areas reverted to Mutsu some time between 722 and 724.The province of Fukushima was conquered by Prince Subaru in 1293. This region of Japan is also known as Michinoku and Ōshū.The Fukushima Incident took place in the prefecture after Mishima Michitsune was appointed governor in 1882.2011 earthquake and subsequent disastersThe 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the resulting Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused significant damage to the prefecture, primarily but not limited to the eastern Hama-dōri region.

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