34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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34 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly + Drive:  18 h
1
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
7
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 30 min
9
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Fly + Foot + Bus:  19 h 45 min
End: Karachi

3
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son), Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, & more) and Naha (Makishi Public Market, Kokusaidori, & more). There's much more to do: take in the views from Kouri Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tropical Beach, make a trip to Cape Maeda, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Onna-son online travel route planner .

Karachi, Pakistan to Onna-son is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pakistan Time (PKT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Karachi in June, expect Onna-son to be a bit cooler, temps between 34°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Naha, Kouri Ohashi, Tropical Beach, Nirai Beach
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

3
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, appreciate the history behind Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, and steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Onna-son to Nagasaki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Traveling from Onna-son in June, expect Nagasaki to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki Bio Park
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

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, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

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

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a 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
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck, Wada House, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanazawa Castle Park, make a trip to Omicho Market, and wander the streets of Nagamachi District.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for little chillier days in Kanazawa, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), take a stroll through Susukino, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jigokudani, Otaru Canal
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Tokyo Disneyland (in Urayasu) and Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura) (in Kamakura). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

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Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Traveling from Sapporo in July, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, KĊtoku-in
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Lake Kawaguchiko (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Odawara Castle (in Odawara) and Oshino Hakkai (in Oshino-mura). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hakone Shisseikaen.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi day trip website .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in July, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Mount Fuji, Oshino Hakkai, Odawara Castle, Lake Kawaguchi
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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