36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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36 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toyama
Train:  30 min
1
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
9
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Toyama

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 Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, &more) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa day trip planning site .

Toyama to Kanazawa is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive. In January, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi (in Bizen) and Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, hike along Mt Shosha hiking, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Himeji attractions planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Himeji sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Takasago, Okayama, Mt. Takamikura, Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and get outside with Paddle Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman), Nakijin-son (Kouri Ocean Tower, Kouri Ohashi, &more) and Motobu-cho (Tropical Dream Center, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and have some family-friendly fun at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Naha trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Nagasaki to Naha in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in February, things will get a bit warmer in Naha: highs are around 22°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Itoman, St. Clara Church, Tomori no Ishibori Ufujishi
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

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: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and stroll around Banna Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip website .

Getting from Naha to Ishigaki by flight takes about 3 hours. February in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip planner .

Getting from Ishigaki to Tokyo by flight takes about 5 hours. In February, Tokyo is much colder than Ishigaki - with highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place (in Kutchan-cho) and Rusutsu Resort Ski (in Rusutsu-mura). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sapporo day trip website .

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Tokyo in February, plan for colder days in Sapporo, with highs around -1°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, Otaru Canal, Rusutsu Resort Ski
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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