39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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39 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
6
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
7
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Toronto

5
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 5th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, take a stroll through Odaiba, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

Plan trip to Tokyo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in January, with highs in Tokyo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Subtropical Plant Paradise Yubujima Island in Yubu-jima (about 1h 50 min away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, walk around Banna Park, and kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Ishigaki trip simple and quick.

Fly from Tokyo to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Ishigaki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Subtropical Plant Paradise Yubujima Island
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park & The Tower of Himeyuri) and Nanjo (Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo, Sefa-Utaki, & more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Zampa, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, and get to know the fascinating history of Zakimi Castle Ruins.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Naha takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nanjo, Onna-son, Yomitan-son, Itoman, Katsuren Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Makishi Public Market ©
Makishi Public Market
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

4
nights
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 out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell) (in Unzen) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, snap pictures at Megane Bridge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki trip planner .

You can fly from Naha to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Naha in January, expect nights in Nagasaki to be colder, around 4°C, while days are little chillier, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell)
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni), Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima journey planner .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge, Matsuyama Castle
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ako Oishi Shrine. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, don't miss a visit to Awaji Highway Oasis, then snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and finally get great views at Awaji Hanasajiki.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Himeji planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Awaji, Ako Oishi Shrine, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

6
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 out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Mt. Wakakusa, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more) and Osaka (Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka Castle, & more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, make a trip to Arashiyama, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more), Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Jinya, & more) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa online travel planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:
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4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu), Otaru (Otaru Canal & Otaru Denuki Koji) and Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village (in Shiraoi-cho). There's much more to do: walk around Odori Park, see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and steep yourself in history at Clock Tower (Tokei-dai).

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo route builder .

Fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in February; daily highs in Sapporo reach -1°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Otaru, Shiraoi Ainu Musuem and Village, Jigokudani
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani

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