38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Aomori
— 3 nights
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Fly to Osaka Itami, Bus to Shin-Osaka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Wakayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fujiyoshida
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 5 nights
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Aomori

Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Explore Aomori's surroundings by going to Oirase Mountain Stream (in Towada) and Hirosaki (Hirosaki Castle & Hirosaki Park). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, get to know the fascinating history of Sannai-Maruyama Site, take in the views from Aomori Bay Bridge, and explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Aomori route planner.

London, UK to Aomori is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Traveling from London in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Aomori: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

3
nights
Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Aomori to Hiroshima in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Aomori in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Hiroshima: highs are around 36°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

6
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

Make your Kyoto itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Nara

Ancient City

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nara: Kobe (Kobe Oji Zoo & Konanzuke Honten) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Naramachi Koshino Ie, and appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nara sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

4
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Kobe) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Osaka, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Wakayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Wakayama

Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
On the 20th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Momijidani Garden, explore the historical opulence of Wakayama Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kimiidera Temple, and finally get in on the family fun at Porto Europe.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wakayama trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Wakayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Wakayama can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Wakayama

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

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Fujiyoshida

A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujiyoshida side-trips: Erin-ji Temple (in Koshu) and Narusawa-mura (Narusawa Ice Cave & Mt. Fuji 5th Station). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Horai Kameiwa Hachidai Ryujin Monument, and make a trip to Oshino Hakkai.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Fujiyoshida trip maker site.

Getting from Wakayama to Fujiyoshida by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Wakayama in August, with highs in Fujiyoshida at 29°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi day trip planning tool.

Drive from Fujiyoshida to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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Yamanouchi-machi

The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Explore Yamanouchi-machi's surroundings by going to Kurobe Dam (in Tateyama-machi), Daio Wasabi Farm (in Azumino) and Kusatsu-machi (Yugama, Onsen Resorts, &more). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Oze National Park. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and make a trip to Takumi no Sato.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi online journey builder.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Hakone-machi to Yamanouchi-machi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in August, expect nights in Yamanouchi-machi to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Baths

Side Trips

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.