33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 2 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's still lots to do: stop by Odaiba District, shop like a local with Asakusa, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and wander the streets of Ginza.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour itinerary builder site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 15th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Engaku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kamakura trip app.

Getting from Tokyo to Kamakura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kamakura: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites

Matsumoto

— 5 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Matsumoto Castle and Zenko-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Takayama Jinya and Kaio-in Temple. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Nunobiki Kannon (in Komoro), Daiho-ji Temple (in Aoki-mura) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Snow Monkey Resorts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, make a trip to Fukashi Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Teramachi Shoka (Former Kanehako Residence).

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto online trip builder.

You can drive from Kamakura to Matsumoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kamakura in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Matsumoto, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura

— 2 nights
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Kanda house, contemplate the long history of Nagase house, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally steep yourself in history at Myozenji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then see the interesting displays at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and finally wander the streets of Ogimachi.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-mura vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Shirakawa-mura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Shirakawa-mura can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Kizugawa (Jindoji Temple & Gansenji) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). The adventure continues: make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and wander the streets of Gion.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation maker site.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Osaka Castle and Koyasan Okunoin. Kasuga Grand Shrine and Kofuku-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Tsudoshiroyama Ancient Tomb (in Fujiidera), Koya-cho (Jokiin, Koyasan Danjo Garan, &more) and Nara (Nara Park, Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Dotombori District, don't miss a visit to Tobita Shinchi, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Atomic Bomb Dome. Get some historical perspective at Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima. When in Hiroshima, make a side trip to see Boat Tours & Water Sports in Hatsukaichi, approximately Hatsukaichi away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary maker website.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Himeji

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji travel planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

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.