36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Fly to Kansai International Airport, Drive to Himeji
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Himeji
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sugito-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly

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Himeji

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Awaga Shrine (in Asago). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Tarumino Ozakura, take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Himeji online travel planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Himeji is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Vilnius in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama), Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip maker site.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 3 nights

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi, and walk around Nagasaki Peace Park.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In August in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

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

You can fly from Nagasaki to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
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 Okedaki Falls (in Wajima), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada 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, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit cooler (35°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Tateyama-machi (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Kurobe Dam), Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more) and Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Old Mejima Residence). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiho-ji Temple, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), and witness a stunning natural landmark at Yubatake.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 4 nights
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 Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Ita Beach (in Numazu), Kenshin Falls (in Hayakawa-cho) and Susono Fishing Park (in Susono). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Ryujin Pond, take in the dramatic scenery at Abe Great Waterfall, and go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Fujikawaguchiko-machi fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Matsumoto in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Sugito-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Sugito-machi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eifukuji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Atago Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Chikatsu Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Shinmei Shrine.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Sugito-machi visit website.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Sugito-machi takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sugito-machi

Historic Sites

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip app.

You can drive from Sugito-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Sugito-machi in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

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.