32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Tokyo
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tokyo
— 21 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 15​min
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
train + taxi + Fly:  5​h
Tokyo

2
days
Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
On the 18th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Kanaya Hotel History House, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Nantai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takinoo Shrine, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain. On the next day, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the activities along Ryuka Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Nikko Okaki Factory.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nikko tour planner.

Tokyo to Nikko is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ryuka Waterfall, Onsen Resorts
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Takinoo Shrine ©
Takinoo Shrine

22
days
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.
Let the collections at Pola Museum of Art and Cupnoodles Museum capture your imagination. Head to Gotemba Premium Outlets and Shimokitazawafor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama (Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'', & more), Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, & more) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, Hakone Shisseikaen, & more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Ueno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, take in the dramatic natural features at Oki no Shima, and make a trip to Kitchen Town (Kappabashi).

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Yokohama, Kamakura, Enoshima Island, Kichijoji
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Hakone Shisseikaen ©
Hakone Shisseikaen
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum ©
Hakone Venetian Glass Museum

2
days
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.
On the 11th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Yamazaki Distillery, and then don't miss a visit to Gion. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, take a stroll through Pontocho, then stop by Teramachi Street, and finally browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Yamazaki Distillery
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Gion
Gion
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Pontocho ©
Pontocho

2
days
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 13th (Wed), examine the collection at Toyota Automobile Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Irago, and then go for a stroll along the water at Koijigahama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Aeon Mall Tokoname, buy something for everyone on your list at JR Central Towers, and then identify plant and animal life at Yamazaki River.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tahara, Aeon Mall Tokoname, Toki Premium Outlets, Toyota Automobile Museum
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Aeon Mall Tokoname ©
Aeon Mall Tokoname
Cape Irago ©
Cape Irago
Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River

2
days
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park, explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Takahama Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Kazagashira Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner .

Getting from Nagoya to Nagasaki by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Yūtoku Inari Shrine, Mifuneyama Rakuen
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Mifuneyama Rakuen ©
Mifuneyama Rakuen
Yūtoku Inari Shrine ©
Yūtoku Inari Shrine
Urakami Cathedral ©
Urakami Cathedral

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