37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Fukuoka
— 1 night
3
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
4
Minamioguni-machi
— 3 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
6
Naha
— Few hours
7
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
8
Hiroshima
— 1 night
9
Okayama
— 1 night
10
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
11
Kobe
— Few hours
12
Shimamoto-cho
— 1 night
13
Miyazu
— 3 nights
14
Kyoto
— 2 nights
15
Nagoya
— 2 nights
16
Takayama
— 2 nights
17
Hokuto
— 1 night
18
Fuji
— 1 night
19
Tokyo
— 2 nights
20
Nagano
— 3 nights

3
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Tokyo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari as well as Shinjuku Golden Gai. Step off the beaten path and head to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai) and Ueno District. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo planning app.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Baths Spas Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari ©
Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai) ©
Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai)

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ohori Park as well as Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka travel app.

Getting from Tokyo to Fukuoka by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °F in November, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Tours Parks Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery ©
Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park

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Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
You've now added Site of Japan's First Ureshino Tea to your itinerary. On the 27th (Tue), make a trip to Site of Japan's First Ureshino Tea.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki trip site.

Getting from Fukuoka to Nagasaki by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Nagasaki are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Site of Japan's First Ureshino Tea
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium ©
Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium
Glover Sky Road
Glover Sky Road

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Minamioguni-machi

Minamioguni-machi ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Takachiho Gorge and Aso Mizuki Meguri. Change things up with these side-trips from Minamioguni-machi: Taketa (Kuju Highland & Mt. Kuju), Kokonoe-machi (Chojabaru Visitor Center & Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge) and Takachiho-cho (Aratate Shrine, Kaguraden, &more).

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Minamioguni-machi trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Minamioguni-machi in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Nagasaki in November, expect little chillier with lows of °F in Minamioguni-machi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho, Taketa, Kokonoe-machi, Aso, Ikeyama Springs
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 2:
Highlights from your plan
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

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Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
You've now added Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, thendon't miss a visit to Kawakamisugi, thentake in the views from Kosugidani Bridge, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho journey maker app.

Explore your travel options from Minamioguni-machi to Yakushima-cho with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Minamioguni-machi in December, with highs in Yakushima-cho at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

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Naha

Naha
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): make a trip to Makishi Public Market.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Naha by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in December; daily highs in Naha reach °F and lows reach °F. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Motobu-cho.
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

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Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
You've now added Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bise no Fukugi Tree Road and Kouri Ohashi. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho trip planner.

Drive from Naha to Motobu-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Naha in December, plan for little chillier nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kouri Ohashi
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 8th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, thencontemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thenpause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Motoyasu River and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Motobu-cho in December; daily highs in Hiroshima reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Motoyasu River ©
Motoyasu River

1
night
Okayama

Okayama
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Okayama trip maker website.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Okayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Okayama sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. You'll set off for Naoshima-cho on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:

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night
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
On the 10th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Ojigadake, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shibukawa Marine Aquariums (Tamano City Marine Museum), and then visit Naoshima Bath.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Okayama to Naoshima-cho takes 1.5 hours. In December in Naoshima-cho, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Tamano
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Naoshima Bath ©
Naoshima Bath

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Kobe

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of ferry and train from Naoshima-cho to Kobe in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shimamoto-cho.

Things to do in Kobe

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

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Shimamoto-cho

Shimamoto-cho ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Suntory Yamazaki Distillery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Shimamoto-cho sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Shimamoto-cho in 1.5 hours. December in Shimamoto-cho sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Miyazu.

Things to do in Shimamoto-cho

Tours Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery ©
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

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Miyazu

Miyazu ©
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Ine no Funaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Kyu Mikamiye House, thenstroll around Shirai Omachi Fuji Park, and then make a trip to Takeda Castle Ruins.

Plan a trip to Miyazu easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Shimamoto-cho to Miyazu takes 2 hours. Traveling from Shimamoto-cho in December, you will find days in Miyazu are a bit cooler (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Asago, Ine no Funaya
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kasamatsu Park ©
Kasamatsu Park
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya

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Kyoto

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): wander the streets of Pontocho District, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto vacation maker site.

Drive from Miyazu to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Miyazu in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): browse the different shops at JR Central Towers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, walk around Tsuruma Park, thenmake a trip to Osu Shopping Street, thensee the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nagoya trip maker website.

Getting from Kyoto to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in December: highs in Nagoya hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
JR Central Towers ©
JR Central Towers
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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Takayama

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya and then stop by Hida Bussankan. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Yoshijima Heritage House, see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Shirakabe Dozogai, examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, thensee the interesting displays at Hida Takayama Teddy Bear Eco Village, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Garyu Park (Garyu Sakura).

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Takayama tour planner.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Takayama sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Hokuto.

Things to do in Takayama

Tours Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakabe Dozogai
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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Hokuto

Hokuto ©
The small city of Hokuto sits amid some big scenery.
For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hokuto trip builder.

Getting from Takayama to Hokuto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hokuto when traveling from Takayama in December, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Hokuto

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, Fuji-Q Highland
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

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Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. On the 23rd (Sun), walk around Fuji no Kuni Tagonoura Minato Park, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Odana Falls, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwamoto.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fuji trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Hokuto to Fuji takes 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hokuto in December: high temperatures in Fuji hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Fuji no Kuni Tagonoura Minato Park ©
Fuji no Kuni Tagonoura Minato Park

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Keep things going the next day: get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, catch a live event at Ryogoku Kokugikan, and then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Fuji to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Fuji in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tokyo, with lows of °F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Tue) before leaving for Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Rikugien Garden ©
Rikugien Garden
National Museum of Nature and Science ©
National Museum of Nature and Science

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Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Myoko Kogen.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagano visit planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in December, with highs in Nagano at °F and lows at °F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nagano

Winter Sports Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Myoko Kogen, Ganshoin Temple
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Myoko Kogen ©
Myoko Kogen
Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro
Yawataya Isogoro Honten ©
Yawataya Isogoro Honten

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