39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Train to Odawara Station, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Bus to Odawara Station, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
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Fukuoka

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

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.
Get some cultural insight at Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Nijino Matsubara. Visiting Hiraodai and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, get engrossed in the history at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, and go for a walk through Ohori Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip planning app.

Billum, Denmark to Fukuoka is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Billum to Fukuoka, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Billum in May; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Himeji

— 3 nights
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.
Shop till you drop at Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets and Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan. Get outdoors at Mt Shosha hiking and Harima Alps. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, take an exotic tour of Himeji Central Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Himeji takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Fukuoka in May, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then gear up at Four-M. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Nara

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Experience YAMATO. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Manyo Botanical Garden, walk around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally stop by Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nara day trip app.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Osaka in May since evenings lows in Nara dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Classes

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Kyoto Round Trip Trail, Kitayama Course East Route and Ume Sakura. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ninja Dojo and Store. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and stop by Gion.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary maker site.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Nara in May, Kyoto is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks

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 some cultural insight at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Kanazawa Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Takayama Jinya (in Takayama), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura). There's much more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, look for gifts at Sakuda Honten, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

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

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for little chillier days in Kanazawa, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
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.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, then contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, then take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, and finally wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto day trip tool.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pola Museum of Art and Gotemba Premium Outlets. Get outdoors at Mount Fuji and Lake Ashinoko. Step out of Hakone-machi with an excursion to Lake Kawaguchi in Fujikawaguchiko-machi--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

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You can drive from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Matsumoto in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Nikko

— 4 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji. Visiting Nikko National Park and Kammangafuchi Gorge will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, and learn the secrets of beer at Katayama Shuzo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Nikko takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Hakone-machi in June, you will find days in Nikko are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba District. Take a break from the city and head to Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi and ►► Withlocals™ - Local Private Tours 🇯🇵. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Hase-dera Temple), Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday maker tool.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors · 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.