38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Matsue
— 3 nights
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Okayama
— 3 nights
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Chitose
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Chitose
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Furano
— 2 nights
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Obihiro
— 3 nights
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Chitose
— 1 night
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Meguro River and Asakusa Samurai Ai Armor Experience. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Ginza, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and visit Odaiba District.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Tokyo is 16 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Edmonton in April, with highs in Tokyo at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 2 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Fuji and Sankodai. Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art & The Hakone Open-Air Museum) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online journey planner.

Traveling by bus from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, and finally wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Matsumoto, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Takayama

— 2 nights
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.
On the 5th (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally savor the flavors at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, don't miss a visit to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Takayama road trip app.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 7th (Fri), explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Tojimbo Cliff.

To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online vacation planner.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You'll set off for Hiroshima on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and then appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip site.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course and Fuuka-Kimono. The adventure continues: make a trip to Gion, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto holiday planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 15th (Sat), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

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 15th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, then contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Osaka road trip app.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will leave for Matsue on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Matsue

— 3 nights
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): walk around Lake Matsue Waterfront Park and then admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Buke Yashiki, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Matsue trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Matsue takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Matsue can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll set off for Okayama on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Okayama

— 3 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and Okayama Castle. Ohara Museum of Art and Chichu Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Okayama side-trips: Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum & Mt. Washu), Naoshima-cho (Ando Museum & Naoshima) and Mt. Ojigadake (in Tamano). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), and head outdoors with Okayama Prefectural Multipurpose Grounds.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Okayama trip itinerary website.

Drive from Matsue to Okayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chitose.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Chitose

With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chitose trip planner.

Getting from Okayama to Chitose by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or fly. In May, Chitose is little chillier than Okayama - with highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C. You'll set off for Sapporo on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Chitose

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Sapporo

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
You'll explore and learn at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Otaru-shi General Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Okurayama Lookout and Otaru Canal. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and JR Otaru Station (in Otaru). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, walk around Odori Park, and examine the collection at Watanabe Junichi Museum of Literature.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Chitose to Sapporo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Chitose in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°C in Sapporo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chitose.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Chitose

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chitose online visit planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Chitose by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Chitose, with lows of 7°C. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel to Furano.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Furano

— 2 nights
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): do a tasting at Furano Wine Factory, cruise along Roller Coaster Road, cruise along Ken & Mary Tree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Biei Shrine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: visit Goro's Stone House, see the interesting displays at Furabi, hit the slopes at Furano Ski Resort, then don't miss a visit to Ningle Terrace, and finally look for gifts at Furano Marche.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Furano trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Chitose to Furano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. May in Furano sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Obihiro.

Things to do in Furano

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Obihiro

— 3 nights
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nakasatsunai Museum and Showa Natsukashikan. You'll explore and learn at Tokachi Agricultural Machinery Museum and Obihiro Centennial City Museum. There's still lots to do: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the galleries of Tokachi Plaza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokachi Gokoku Shrine, and see the interesting displays at Beet Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Obihiro itinerary planner.

You can drive from Furano to Obihiro in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Furano in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Obihiro, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Chitose.

Things to do in Obihiro

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trip

Chitose

— 1 night
On the 1st (Tue), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chitose trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Obihiro to Chitose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Obihiro in May, Chitose is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Chitose

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Highlights from your trip

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.

Kansai travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.