38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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 Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama), Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). Have a day of magic on the 5th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: stop by Odaiba District, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planning app.

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Seattle to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama Chinatown, Tokyo Disneyland, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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 The Hakone Open-Air Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba), Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach) (in Shizuoka) and Yumigahama Beach (in Minamiizu-cho). The adventure continues: cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and steep yourself in history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

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

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. 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

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Gotemba Premium Outlets, Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), Mount Fuji, Yumigahama Beach
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 10:
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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 Nakagusuku Castle Ruins. Venture out of the city with trips to Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman), Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (in Motobu-cho) and Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, kick back and relax at Naminoue Beach, make a trip to Makishi Public Market, and get outside with Tropical Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Naha day trip planner.

You can fly from Hakone-machi to Naha in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakone-machi in February; daily highs in Naha reach °F and lows reach °F. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kitanakagusuku-son, Sefa-Utaki, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Tropical Beach
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 15:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

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 Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Visit Atomic Bomb Dome and Miyajima for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Hiroshima to Suooshima-cho to see Suo-Oshima about 1h 35 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 °F by day to °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, thencontemplate the long history of Ruins of Akashi Castle, thensnap 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 °F, while nighttime lows are °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

Awaji Highway Oasis, Ruins of Akashi Castle, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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 Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Todai-ji Temple) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). 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 °F, while nighttime lows are °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
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 27:
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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 Higashichaya Old Town are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Sanmachi Suji. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Gokayama (in Nanto), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Takayama Jinya (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 °F, while days are little chillier, around °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

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Gokayama, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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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 °F and °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
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 6:
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Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

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