32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday builder

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Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagano
— 2 nights
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Nagano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wakayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
On the 5th (Mon), make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and finally make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and then wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning site.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport, Ibaraki Airport / JASDF Hyakuri Air Base and Yokota Air Base. In July, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Nikko

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura and then make a trip to Tobu Nikko Station.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nikko route app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Nagano

— 2 nights
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 9th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, delve into the lush surroundings at Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, then explore the activities along Lake Kagami, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Snow Monkey Resorts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kankeiji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, and finally go for a walk through Komayumi Shrine.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagano attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Nagano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Nagano

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then delve into the lush surroundings at Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, then explore the activities along Lake Kagami, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Kuzuryusha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a tailor-made plan with Snow Monkey Resorts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kankeiji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Komayumi Shrine.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagano trip itinerary planning tool.

Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Matsumoto

— 3 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.
Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Kurumayama Highland (in Chino), Yashimagahara Marsh (in Shimosuwa-machi) and Kirigamine Fujimidai (in Suwa). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, take in the views from Kappa Bashi, and steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine.

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You can drive from Nagano to Matsumoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

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 15th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama City Hall. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Deai Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip website.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kanazawa is known for historic sites, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and examine the collection at Dolls Museum.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Kyoto

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and then take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

Ise

— 3 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ise: Mikimoto Pearl Island (in Toba) and Shima (Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck & Hotel Shima Spain Mura). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, make a trip to Okage Yokocho, see the interesting displays at Okageza, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Ise journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kyoto in July, you will find days in Ise are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Wakayama.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Wakayama

— 2 nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Wakayama Castle, admire the natural beauty at Momijidani Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Awashima Shrine, head off the coast to Tomogashima Island, then look for gifts at Wakayama Marina City, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kishu Toshogu Shrine.

Before you visit Wakayama, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Ise to Wakayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Wakayama are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, look for gifts at Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip app.

You can drive from Wakayama to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, get outside with Aragusuku Beach, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally get outside with Sunayama Beach. On the next day, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, and then kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima trip maker app.

Getting from Osaka to Miyakojima by flight takes about 4.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, then make a trip to World Peace Symbol Zone, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glover Garden, and finally examine the collection at Dejima. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Takahama Beach, head off the coast to Hashima Island, then take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and finally wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip maker app.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Nagasaki in 7 hours. In August, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

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.