38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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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 Asakusa. Popular historic sites such as Senso-ji Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in), Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama) and Tokyo Disneyland (in Maihama). 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 admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

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 · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 5:

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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: Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach) (in Shizuoka), Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Yumigahama Beach (in Minamiizu-cho). 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

Parks · Nature · Baths · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 10:

5
nights
Naha

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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 Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son), Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (in Motobu-cho) and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, don't miss a visit to Yachimun Street, enjoy the sand and surf at Tropical Beach, and get outside with Naminoue 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 67°F and lows reach 60°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 · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 15:

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

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 Atomic Bomb Dome. Visit Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Miyajima 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 bus, ferry, and train. 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 · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:

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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), make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then go for a walk through Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street. Keep things going the next day: 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

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:

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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 · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 27:

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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 Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Sanmachi Suji (in Takayama), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). 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 · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 3:

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Sapporo

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Susukino and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. 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). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, stroll around Odori Park, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and get a taste of the local shopping with Tanukikoji Shopping Street.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo day trip planning site.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, expect Sapporo to be little chillier, temps between 35°F and 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 6:

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.