33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
4
Aomori
— 1 night
5
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
7
Himeji
— 3 nights
8
Kyoto
— 8 nights

5
nights
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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing), Hase-dera Temple, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Charlotte, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
owlcafe akibafukurou ©
owlcafe akibafukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kusushi Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Izu (Asahi Taki Fall, Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji, &more) and Onshirin Garden (in Fujiyoshida). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Mount Fuji, take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Ryugatake.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in July: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Izu, Kusushi Shrine, Ryugatake, Mount Fuji, Onshirin Garden
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Joren Waterfall ©
Joren Waterfall

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Ainokura Gassho Community (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Wada House, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ainokura Gassho Community
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Jomon Jiyukan, admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, explore the ancient world of Sannai-Maruyama Site, see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, thenadmire the striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and finally browse the different shops at A-FACTORY. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Showa Daibutsu, examine the collection at Tachineputa No Yakata, thensoak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally get answers to all your questions at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Aomori holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Aomori takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in July, things will get a bit cooler in Aomori: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tachineputa No Yakata
Highlights from your plan
Aomori Museum of Art ©
Aomori Museum of Art
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, and stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki route builder website.

You can fly from Aomori to Ishigaki in 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aomori in July; daily highs in Ishigaki reach °F and lows reach °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Miyajima, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip builder.

Do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in July, expect slightly colder with lows of °F in Hiroshima. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
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 out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Okayama (Okayama Orient Museum, Okayama Castle, &more), Amore Beach (in Akashi) and Kobe (Suma Beach, Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and appreciate the history behind Himeji Castle Daitenshu no Shachigawara (Replica).

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Himeji are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Okayama, Kobe, Amore Beach
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Universal Studios Japan, &more), Kuromon Market (in Nippombashi) and Nara (Nara Park, Todai-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto travel planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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