32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

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Tokyo
— 9 nights
Train
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Takayama
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 6 nights
Drive to Uno, Ferry to Naoshima-cho
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Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Ferry to Uno, Train to Nachikatsura-cho
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 9 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Pola Museum of Art and Mejiro no Mori. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Asakusa Shrine and Hozomon. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi), Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more) and Memorial Warships Mikasa (in Yokosuka). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, stop by Ueno District, make a trip to Nezu Shrine, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

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Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In March, Tokyo is a bit cooler than Mexico City - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Takayama day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You'll set off for Kanazawa on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
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 Ainokura Gassho Community and Kakusenkei Gorge. Get some cultural insight at Gokayama and Natadera Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Ishikawa Aviation Plaza (in Komatsu), Sakai (Maruoka Castle & Mikunicho) and Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community & Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Kazuemachi Tea House Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudosonkorin Temple, and explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planning tool.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

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.
Popular historic sites such as Kinkaku-ji and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Kamogawa River and Mount Hiei. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, contemplate the long history of Honen-in, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Osaka

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Mt. Wakakusa and Shin Satoyama. Get some cultural insight at Nigatsu-do Temple and Dotombori District. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Onsen Resorts (in Kobe), Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda) and Shukugawa Park (in Nishinomiya). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, and contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip maker tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho

— 2 nights
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 18th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, explore the world behind art at Benesse House Museum, explore the world behind art at Lee Ufan Art Museun, examine the collection at Ando Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gokuraku-ji Temple, and finally get outside with Shibukawa Camp Site. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Himebortaru no Sato (Koshimaji Hachimangu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ojigadake, enjoy the sand and surf at Shibukawa Coast, then steep yourself in history at Kannon-ji Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Desaki Dog Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Monopoly Bureau Yamada Local Office.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Naoshima-cho online journey planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Osaka to Naoshima-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Naoshima-cho can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nachikatsura-cho

— 3 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Nachi Forest, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then delve into the lush surroundings at Nachi Primeval Forest, then explore the striking landscape at Umikongo, and finally get engrossed in the history at Japan American Amity Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Naoshima-cho to Nachikatsura-cho by combination of ferry and train takes about 8.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Naoshima-cho in April since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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.