32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Naha
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 3 nights

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Maeda), Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, indulge in some culinary diversions at Taste of Okinawa Cooking Experience, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, and stop by Splash Okinawa Shop No. 1.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Naha online visit planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Naha is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Adelaide in October, expect nights in Naha to be much warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Onna-son, Kouri Ohashi
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle

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Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and walk around Banna Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Naha to Ishigaki by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Glover Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online holiday planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Nagasaki by flight takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in October, things will get a bit cooler in Nagasaki: highs are around 28°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, capture your vacation like a pro with Photoguider-Japan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online holiday planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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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.
The Bamboo Forest Trail has been added to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto route tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 19th (Wed), wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Omicho Market, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For photos and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip builder website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Azumino (Mt. Nagamine & Horigane Bussan Center), Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Snow Monkey Resorts) and Tateyama-machi (Mt. Tateyama & Mikurigaike Pond). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle and take in the awesome beauty at Yarigatake.

Plan my day in Matsumoto using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kanazawa in October: highs in Matsumoto hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Azumino, Nagano, Tateyama-machi
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Yarigatake ©
Yarigatake
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Mt. Tateyama ©
Mt. Tateyama

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Fuji. On the 24th (Mon), get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally take in the pleasant sights at Tenkakudai.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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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.
You've added Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Robot Restaurant, Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Ginza, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and let your taste buds guide you at Japan Wonder Travel.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:
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Japan Wonder Travel ©
Japan Wonder Travel
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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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.
Niseko Village Ski Resort has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Niseko Village Ski Resort, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), then enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo Dome, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hakkogakuen Hanashobupark, and finally stroll around Odori Park. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, then contemplate the waterfront views at Otaru Canal, and finally walk around Moerenuma Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo attractions planning app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect Sapporo to be little chillier, temps between 15°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Otaru Canal, Niseko Village Ski Resort
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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