38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Kamakura
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 13th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary maker website.

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Tokyo. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in January, with highs in Tokyo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Nagase house, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, learn the tricks of the trade with In Kanazawa House, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa road trip website.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Classes

Side Trip

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 Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Senko-ji Temple, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Gion, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · 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.
When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, approximately Sasebo away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Glover Garden, steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In January in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Motobu-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ginoza Roadside Station (in Ginoza-son), Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Busena Marine Park (in Nago). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, get outside with Uppama Coast, and relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho journey maker tool.

Fly from Nagasaki to Motobu-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Nagasaki in February, things will get a bit warmer in Motobu-cho: highs are around 22°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naha

— 4 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Awase Shrine (in Okinawa City), Nakagusuku-son (Nakagusuku Castle Ruins & Blue Sky) and Heiwa no Ishiji (in Itoman). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangui, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Naha trip maker tool.

You can drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Motobu-cho in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Naha, with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 5 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Torinji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and get outside with Mt.Omotodake.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Ishigaki road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. February in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly to Kamakura.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Kamakura

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Venture out of the city with trips to Azumayama Park (in Ninomiya-machi), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, get great views at Hase-dera Temple Scenic Walkway, stop by Nugoo, Ninotorii, and steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kamakura day trip app.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Kamakura in 4.5 hours. In February, Kamakura is cooler than Ishigaki - with highs of 6°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.