36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester
Fly + Train:  17 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Manchester

6
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: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Hase-dera Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary site.

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in June, with highs in Tokyo at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Keigashima Canyon (in Susono), Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, get outside with Nishiizu Skyline, and sample the tasty concoctions at Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Izu, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, Keigashima Canyon, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Horigane Bussan Center (in Azumino), Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more) and Hakuba Ohashi Bridge (in Hakuba-mura). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Karamatsudake, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Pond Tashiro.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in June, expect nights in Matsumoto to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Takayama, Chubu, Horigane Bussan Center, Hakuba Ohashi Bridge, Zenko-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

5
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Komatsu, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Gongenmori Beach, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

6
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 Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Dotombori (in Dotombori). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Komponchudo, Todai-ji Temple
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso), Mt. Kuma (in Bizen) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and don't miss a visit to Tarumino Ozakura.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji attractions planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in July, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Kunimi no Mori Park, Mt. Kuma, Daisen Outlook, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Shimai Falls (in Akiota-cho) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima holiday maker tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Shimai Falls
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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