38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train
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Nikko
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more), Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle) and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (in Kurashiki). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hiroshima is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Hiroshima is 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, with highs in Hiroshima at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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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: Koya-cho (Kodai-in Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and stop by Dotombori District.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Osaka attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Gion.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Takayama (Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Takayama Jinya, &more). There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Nikko

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Nasu-machi (Nasu Nature Study Paths, Nasu Highlands, &more) and Sanbon Yaridake Moutain (in Nasushiobara). Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, and don't miss a visit to Irohazaka Route.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Nikko takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in November since evenings lows in Nikko dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Fujiyoshida (Shinsekai Kanpai Street & Nishiura), Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Kengamine (in Fujinomiya). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, and take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi attractions site.

You can drive from Nikko to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Hakone-machi are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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Ishigaki

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, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, look for gifts at Ibaruma Farm Fruits Chokubaijo, trek along Nosoko Forest Road, and head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.