34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
8
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Naha
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
10
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Tokyo

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Ginza, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo sightseeing app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Tokyo. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Yamanakako-mura (Mt. Ishiwari & Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck), Fureai Pool Tamaho (in Gotemba) and Akeno Area (in Hokuto). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, take in the awesome beauty at Ryugatake, let the kids burn off some steam at Onshirin Garden, and contemplate the waterfront views at Waku Pond.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in August: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Yamanakako-mura, Waku Pond, Ryugatake, Mount Fuji
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Akeno Area ©
Akeno Area
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Mishakaike Pond (in Chino), Pond Shirakoma (in Sakuho-machi) and Hakuba-mura (Happo Pond & Spas & Wellness). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Yarigatake, get to know the resident critters at Matsumoto Alps Park, and deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip planning site.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in August, you will find days in Matsumoto are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Tateyama-machi, Mishakaike Pond, Pond Shirakoma, Hotaka Mountain Range
Highlights from your plan
Yarigatake ©
Yarigatake
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam

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 Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Gokayama (in Nanto). And it doesn't end there: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and examine the collection at Dolls Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa attractions planning site.

Drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gokayama, Gongenmori Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Jishu Shrine (in Otsu), Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Kasuga Grand Shrine) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kanazawa in August: highs in Kyoto hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Jishu Shrine, Akamon Oneribei
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Old Shizutani School (in Bizen), Okayama (Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden) and Akashi (Amore Beach & Matsue Swimming Beach). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, head outdoors with Suma Beach, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Himeji road trip planning website.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in August, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 31°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Kobe, Okayama, Akashi, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Old Shizutani School
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, examine the collection at Dejima, take an in-depth tour of 26 Martyrs Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally walk around Nagasaki Peace Park. On the next day, take in the views from Megane Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, thenhead off the coast to Hashima Island, and finally take advantage of the amenities at Takahama Beach.

Before you visit Nagasaki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

3
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son), Motobu-cho (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Okichan Theater) and Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Cape Maeda, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, look for gifts at Yacchi & Moon, sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, and shop like a local with Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read Naha day trip website.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Naha in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in Naha. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Onna-son, Motobu-cho, Kouri Ohashi, Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Yarabudake, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip builder website.

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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