32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
Fly
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Izumo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Nikko — 3 nights

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Appreciate the collections at Oya History Museum and Kanaya Hotel History House. Visit Yomeimon (Main Gate) and Taiyuimbyo Shrine for their historical value. Step out of Nikko with an excursion to Fujishiro Seiji Museum in Nasu-machi--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge, and admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls.

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Stockholm, Sweden to Nikko is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Stockholm to Nikko, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in June; daily highs in Nikko reach 28°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 5 nights

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'll explore and learn at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Samurai Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Kanda Myojin. Venture out of the city with trips to Three-storied Pagoda (in Narita), Kashima Jingu (in Kashima) and Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori (in Katori). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can fly to Takayama.
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Takayama — 2 nights

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.
On the 22nd (Thu), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kanda house, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and finally steep yourself in history at Wada House.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama online journey planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Takayama by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Takayama are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Kamakura.
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Kamakura — 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 24th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kencho-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, then contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myohoji Temple (Kokedera Temple). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), then contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Joukoumyouji Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kamakura driving holiday planner.

Getting from Takayama to Kamakura by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Takayama in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Kamakura, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Izumo.
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Izumo — 2 nights

Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamosu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Grand Shrine, enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hinomisaki Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Former Taisha Station, then get advice or help at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and finally admire the striking features of Izumo Taisha Shrine Gohonden.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read Izumo trip maker tool.

Fly from Kamakura to Izumo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kamakura in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Izumo: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima — 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Yamato Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip builder website.

You can drive from Izumo to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to Naha.
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Naha — 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins. Visit Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters and The Tower of Himeyuri for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeyuri Peace Museum (in Itoman), Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Blue Cave, &more) and Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Cape Zampa.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Naha online itinerary builder.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Naha in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in June, with highs in Naha at 34°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.
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Ishigaki — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and finally stroll around Banna Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Cape Ongazaki, walk around Kabira Park, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, then view the masterpieces at Nei Museum of Art, then get outside with Kondoi Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement.

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Traveling by flight from Naha to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Miyakojima.
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Miyakojima — 2 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 6th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, step off the mainland to explore Shimojishima Island, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Kouri Island, head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, then visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then take in the pleasant sights at Imugya Marine Garden, and finally snap pictures at Kurima Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima day trip site.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly to Ise.
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Ise — 2 nights

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 8th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinmei Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, see the interesting displays at Okageza, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Shrine Geku.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ise vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ise takes 4 hours. While traveling from Miyakojima, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 5 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Dotombori to see Dotombori District about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Ise in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Japan travel guide

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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.
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