34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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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 a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and visit Akihabara.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route builder app.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Jeddah in November, expect Tokyo to be cooler, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Kengamine (in Fujinomiya), Fujiyoshida (Nishiura & Arakurayama Sengen Park) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Itchiku Kubota Art Museum & Lake Kawaguchi). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi holiday planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Baths · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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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 a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online itinerary planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

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Koya-cho

Get out of town with these interesting Koya-cho side-trips: Kuriyama Family Residence (in Gojo), Yunokuchi Onsen (in Kumano) and Hatenashi Shuraku (in Totsukawa-mura).

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Koya-cho holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

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Osaka

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more), Tokkosan Kaburaiji Temple (in Kobe) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, don't miss a visit to Tamade no Taki, and get engrossed in the history at Peace Osaka.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online journey maker.

Drive from Koya-cho to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Osaka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Nagasaki

City of Peace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then don't miss a visit to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, make a trip to Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, then examine the collection at Dejima, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

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 (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima driving holiday site.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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.