37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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37 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Saarbrucken
Fly:  22 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Narusawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
7
Kumejima-cho
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  4 h 30 min
8
Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  6 h 45 min
9
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
10
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
11
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
12
Onomichi
— Few hours
Bus:  45 min
13
Imabari
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
14
Naruto
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
15
Kobe
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
16
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Saarbrucken

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ueno and Asakusa Shrine. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Takao and Showa Kinen Park. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa), Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Kitchen Town (Kappabashi), examine the collection at Samurai Museum, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation website .

Saarbrucken, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Saarbrucken to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Saarbrucken in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Enoshima Island, Mt. Takao, Showa Kinen Park, Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Kagurazaka ©
Kagurazaka

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiunkaku and Toi Kinzan. Escape the urban bustle at Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls and Tagosehama Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Atami (Atami Castle & Atami Sun Beach) and Imaihama Beach (in Kawazu-cho). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hakone Shisseikaen.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Atami, Kawazu-cho, Toi Kinzan, Tagosehama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Shisseikaen ©
Hakone Shisseikaen
Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls ©
Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku

2
nights
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura
A village at the foothills of Mt.
On the 23rd (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Yamanashi City Peach Fields, make a trip to Jiun-ji Temple, and then do a tasting at Marufuji Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Chateau Mercian Winery Museum, then head outdoors with Daibsatsrei, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokoji Temple.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Narusawa-mura trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Hakone-machi to Narusawa-mura in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Koshu, Fujinomiya Route, Yamanashi City Peach Fields
Highlights from your plan
Fujinomiya Route
Fujinomiya Route
Chateau Mercian Winery Museum ©
Chateau Mercian Winery Museum
Marufuji Winery ©
Marufuji Winery

2
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.
On the 26th (Mon), wander the streets of Pontocho, steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, then make a trip to Mt. Kurama, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto journey maker site .

Getting from Narusawa-mura to Kyoto by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Narusawa-mura in November: highs in Kyoto hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stroll through Kazugayama Genshirin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ukimido. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then take some stellar pictures from Todaiji Keidaicho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

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Nara is very close to Kyoto. In November, daytime highs in Nara are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Horyu-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kasugayama ©
Kasugayama
Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mt. Wakakusa
Isuien Garden ©
Isuien Garden

2
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Tannowa Beach and ATC. Discover out-of-the-way places like Osaka City Central Hall and Kids Plaza Osaka. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Video Game Bar Space Station, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, meet the residents at Nifrel, and take in nature's colorful creations at Sakuya Konohanakan.

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Osaka is very close to Nara. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tannowa Beach, Nifrel
Highlights from your plan
Sakuya Konohanakan ©
Sakuya Konohanakan
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka
Osaka City Central Hall ©
Osaka City Central Hall

1
night
Kumejima-cho

Kumejima-cho
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
On the 29th (Thu), explore the gorgeous colors at Tonbara, then kick back and relax at Ala Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Torinokuchi Rock, and finally see the interesting displays at Kumejima Hotaru Kan.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kumejima-cho trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Osaka to Kumejima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of subway, train, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Osaka in November, expect nights in Kumejima-cho to be much hotter, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

3
nights
Motobu-cho

Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nakijin Castle Remains and Okushuraku. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Yurigahama and Minna Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Gallirallus Okinawae Learning Center (in Kunigami-son), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Nago) and Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest (in Higashi-son). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach, examine the collection at Oceanic Culture Museum, explore the striking landscape at Bise no Warumi, and let little ones run wild at Tropical Dream Center.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho tour builder website .

Getting from Kumejima-cho to Motobu-cho by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Motobu-cho when traveling from Kumejima-cho in December, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kunigami-son, Nakijin-son, Scuba & Snorkeling, Yurigahama, Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Yurigahama ©
Yurigahama
Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest ©
Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): go for a stroll along the water at Nijino Matsubara, then get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, and then let little ones run wild at Ohori Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki-gu, and then step off the mainland to explore Shika Island.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Fukuoka takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Motobu-cho in December; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 13°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Nijino Matsubara
Highlights from your plan
Nijino Matsubara ©
Nijino Matsubara
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Nagasaki Bio Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Urakami Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine and then take in the waterfront activity at Iojima Island.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki road trip planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Nagasaki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nagasaki Bio Park
Highlights from your plan
Nagasaki Bio Park ©
Nagasaki Bio Park
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum ©
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Setonaikai, appreciate the history behind Ground Zero, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally admire all the interesting features of MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Onomichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Setonaikai ©
Setonaikai
Ground Zero
Ground Zero
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

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hours
Onomichi

Onomichi
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Onomichi day trip tool .

Onomichi is very close to Hiroshima. When traveling from Hiroshima in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Onomichi: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 2°C at night. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Imabari.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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hours
Imabari

Imabari ©
The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nankobo and then stroll through Hakata Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Imabari trip planner.

You can drive from Onomichi to Imabari in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Onomichi in December; daily highs in Imabari reach 13°C and lows reach 7°C. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Imabari

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nankobo ©
Nankobo

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hours
Naruto

Naruto
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
To plan Naruto vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Imabari to Naruto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Naruto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. You will leave for Kobe on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Naruto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

3
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, kick back and relax at Amore Beach, then steep yourself in history at Minatogawa Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan). On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Kazamidori no Yakata, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe route app .

You can drive from Naruto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Amore Beach, Nishinomiya Shrine, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nishinomiya Shrine ©
Nishinomiya Shrine
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum
Minatogawa Shrine ©
Minatogawa Shrine

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Marunouchi and National Museum of Western Art. Explore hidden gems such as Mori Art Museum and Omoide Yokocho. Step out of Tokyo to go to Yokohama and see Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'', which is approximately 58 minutes away. Enjoy Tokyo some more: take a stroll through Yanaka, admire the striking features of Tokyo International Forum, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Center-gai, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kobe to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia''
Highlights from your plan
Mori Art Museum ©
Mori Art Museum
Kokyo Gaien National Garden ©
Kokyo Gaien National Garden
University of Tokyo ©
University of Tokyo

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