39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Toyama
— 1 night
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Nagano
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Sendai
— 2 nights
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Hakodate
— 1 night
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Date
— 3 nights
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki

— 2 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, don't miss a visit to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, and take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Nagasaki is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Nagasaki. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in March, with highs in Nagasaki at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 5 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 (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Okonomimura, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take an exotic tour of Himeji Central Park, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Osaka

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Nara Park). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 5th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Yamazaki River, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagoya Higashiyamaso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): make a trip to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shofukaku Garden, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nagoya in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Toyama

— 1 night
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Toyama City Office View Tower, contemplate the long history of Toyama Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Toyama Glass Art Museum, then make a trip to Toyama Kirari, and finally walk around Fugan Unga Kansui Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Toyama route planning tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Toyama by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Toyama

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Nagano

— 1 night
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, then get a dose of the wild on Snow Monkey Resorts, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at MIDORI Nagano.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nagano trip planner.

Getting from Toyama to Nagano by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Nagano to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Sendai

— 2 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 17th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Sendai City Museum, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, step into the grandiose world of Aoba Castle Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Tohoku University of Natural History, then explore the galleries of Zuihoden, and finally wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zuiganji, then stroll around Tsutsujigaoka Park, and finally make a trip to Sendai Station.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sendai journey app.

Getting from Tokyo to Sendai by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Hakodate

— 1 night

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of St.John's Church Hakodate, wander the streets of Motomachi, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate online route builder.

You can take a train from Sendai to Hakodate in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sendai in April, with highs in Hakodate at 13°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Date.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Date

— 3 nights
Date is a city in Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. Change things up with these side-trips from Date: Silo Viewing Platform (in Toyako-cho), Cape Chikyu (in Muroran) and Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, Jigokudani, &more). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Showashinzan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkoji Temple, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Toya.

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You can drive from Hakodate to Date in 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Date can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Sapporo.

Things to do in Date

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, stroll around Odori Park, then wander the streets of Susukino, and finally take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo TV Tower, contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, then explore the activities along Otaru Canal, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Date to Sapporo takes 2 hours. Traveling from Date in April, you will find days in Sapporo are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Side 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.