38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
2
Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
3
Naha
— 5 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
6
Kyoto
— 7 nights
7
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
8
Sapporo
— 3 nights

7
nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Takeshita Street. Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Tokyo Disneyland (in Maihama), Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba District, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and shop like a local with Asakusa.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip tool.

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. In January in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama Chinatown, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 5:
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

5
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Mount Fuji and Narukawa Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba), Yumigahama Beach (in Minamiizu-cho) and Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach) (in Shizuoka). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in February, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (40°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Gotemba Premium Outlets, Yumigahama Beach, Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

5
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM or Shijo Hondori. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shurijo Castle and Sefa-Utaki. Venture out of the city with trips to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (in Motobu-cho), Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son) and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, make a trip to Makishi Public Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Tropical Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Fukushu-en Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Naha trip website.

Traveling by flight from Hakone-machi to Naha takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in February: high temperatures in Naha hover around 67°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Tropical Beach, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Sefa-Utaki, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins ©
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Itsukushima Shrine and Miyajima. Visit Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Hiroshima to Suooshima-cho to see Suo-Oshima about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online trip maker.

Getting from Naha to Hiroshima by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. When traveling from Naha in February, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Hiroshima: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Suo-Oshima
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
On the 19th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, and then make a trip to Otemae Street. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Himeji City Tegarayama Botanical Garden, then contemplate the long history of Ruins of Akashi Castle, then snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and finally get answers to all your questions at Awaji Highway Oasis.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Himeji online travel planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Himeji are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Ruins of Akashi Castle, Awaji Highway Oasis
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ruins of Akashi Castle ©
Ruins of Akashi Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

7
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. For shopping fun, head to Dotombori District or Kyoto Station Building. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Todai-ji Temple). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Popular historic sites such as The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Takayama Jinya are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Higashichaya Old Town and Kanazawa Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura) and Sanmachi Suji (in Takayama). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nagamachi Neighborhood, make a trip to Omicho Market, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in February, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 33°F, while days are little chillier, around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gokayama
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sapporo Clock Tower and Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura). Head to Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town and Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshimafor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru (Otaru Music Box Museum Main Building, Sankaku Market, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, shop like a local with Tanukikoji Shopping Street, wander the streets of Susukino, and get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sapporo day trip planner.

Fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, expect Sapporo to be slightly colder, temps between 35°F and 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Otaru, Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima
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Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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