36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 9 nights
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Nikko
— 2 nights
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Aomori
— 1 night
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Kakamigahara
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Osaka
— 6 nights
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Susaki
— 1 night
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tokyo Localized Free Walking Tour, Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Pub Crawl. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba District and Mori Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland) and Ochiai River and Minamisawa Springs (in Higashikurume). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, hit the best photo ops around with Kimono Kawaii Company Shibuya, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tokyo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Frankfurt, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. In March, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Frankfurt - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Ochiai River and Minamisawa Springs
Highlights from your plan
NATURE Daikanyama ©
NATURE Daikanyama
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan jinja, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate). On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge and then snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Nikko are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Aomori.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)

1
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Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
On the 5th (Tue), make a trip to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, buy something for everyone on your list at A-FACTORY, admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sannai-Maruyama Site, and finally take in the natural beauty of Manjufukashi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Aomori Gyosai Center Honten, then admire the landmark architecture of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, then take in the awesome beauty at Hakkoda Mountains, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Aomori online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nikko to Aomori in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nikko in April; daily highs in Aomori reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Aomori

Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Hakkoda Mountains
Highlights from your plan
A-FACTORY ©
A-FACTORY
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site
Aomori Museum of Art ©
Aomori Museum of Art

2
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shirahone Onsen. On the 7th (Thu), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Shirahone Onsen, then look for gifts at IIdaya, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and finally admire the masterpieces at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkyuin Temple, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto day trip planner.

Getting from Aomori to Matsumoto by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Aomori in April, expect Matsumoto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park

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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally go for a walk through Deai Bridge. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, look for gifts at Takayama Usagiya, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Takayama vacation site.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Takayama are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kakamigahara.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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

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Kakamigahara

Kakamigahara ©
Kakamigahara is a city located in southern Gifu Prefecture.Situated in the northern part of the Noubi Plain, what is now Kakamigahara originally thrived as a stop on the Nakasendo Road, being called "Unamujuku" at the time. Your day by day itinerary now includes Urakuen Garden as well as Haritsuna Shrine. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at World Fresh Water Aquarium Aquatotto Gifu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haritsuna Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Urakuen Garden, then explore the activities along Kiso River, then step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanko Inari Shrine.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kakamigahara online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Takayama to Kakamigahara by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Takayama in April, Kakamigahara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kakamigahara

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Inuyama
Highlights from your plan
World Fresh Water Aquarium Aquatotto Gifu ©
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
Sanko Inari Shrine ©
Sanko Inari Shrine

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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.
You've now added Hayakawa Hamonoten to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Family-friendly places like Kinkaku-ji and Arashiyama will thrill your kids. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Kakamigahara to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kakamigahara in April: highs in Kyoto hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Osaka

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kuromon Market, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and Midosuji Street. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Himeji Castle and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Osaka Castle and Nigatsu-do Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Himeji (Tegarayama Exchange Station & Koko-en), Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum (in Ikeda) and Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Dotombori District, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, stop by Minami (Namba), and examine the collection at Namban Culture Center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Susaki.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum, Matsue Swimming Beach
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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Susaki

Susaki ©
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shoryuji Temple as well as Kiyotakiji Temple. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyotakiji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoryuji Temple, then head outdoors with Yokonami Kuroshima Line, then don't miss a visit to Otonashi Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daisenji Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Susaki online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Susaki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Susaki, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Susaki

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Tosa
Highlights from your plan
Otonashi Shrine ©
Otonashi Shrine
Shoryuji Temple ©
Shoryuji Temple

4
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Banna Park as well as Maesato Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kondoi Beach. Get some cultural insight at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigakijima Observatory. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, head outdoors with Sukuji Beach, make a trip to Euglena Mall, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from Susaki to Ishigaki with the Route module. Traveling from Susaki in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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