32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  19​h
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Chitose
— Few hours
3
Obihiro
— 2 nights
4
Chitose
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
9
Matsumoto
— Few hours
bus:  2​h 30​min
10
Takayama
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
11
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  2​h
12
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
train:  15​min
13
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
14
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
15
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

3
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.
Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park has been added to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sapporo St. Michael's Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Hokkaido University Museum and Kagaminuma. Take a break from Sapporo with a short trip to Keiyu Nishimura Museum of Art in Kyowa-cho, about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Important Cultural Properties at Hokkaido University Botanical Garden Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Shrine Tongu, and savor the flavors at Hakko Gakuen Farm Market, Original Deli Products.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sapporo trip tool .

Sapporo is very close to Chitose. Traveling from Chitose in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Chitose.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Keiyu Nishimura Museum of Art, Kagaminuma
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:
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Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu ©
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu

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hours
Chitose

Chitose
With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chitose online trip itinerary maker .

Chitose is very close to Sapporo. Traveling from Sapporo in May, plan for little chillier nights in Chitose, with lows around 7°C. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel to Obihiro.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Outdoors Nature
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2
nights
Obihiro

Obihiro ©
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then steep yourself in history at Obihiro Shrine. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Otsu Beach, explore the world behind art at Nakasatsunai Museum, then see the interesting displays at Tokachi Agricultural Machinery Museum, then see the interesting displays at Beet Museum, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Memuro Farmers Market Aisaiya.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Obihiro online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Chitose to Obihiro takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Chitose in May since evenings lows in Obihiro dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Chitose.

Things to do in Obihiro

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Otsu Beach, Nakasatsunai Museum, Memuro Farmers Market Aisaiya, Onsen Resorts, Nupukano Sato
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:
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Obihiro Shrine ©
Obihiro Shrine

1
night
Chitose

Chitose
To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chitose tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Obihiro to Chitose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Obihiro in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Chitose, with lows around 7°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Outdoors Nature
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2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take a stroll through Nishijin Shopping District, then get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine, and finally browse the different shops at Hakata Deitos. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Katsuma Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Jinja Shrine, then head outdoors with Aburayama Shimin no Mori, and finally wander the streets of Shintencho Shopping Street.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka road trip planning website .

You can fly from Chitose to Fukuoka in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, Fukuoka is a bit warmer than Chitose - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods
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Nishijin Shopping District ©
Nishijin Shopping District
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine

3
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 in touch with nature at Iojima Island and Meotoiwa. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Kabashima Ounagi Habitat, examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Takahama Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Nagasaki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 12 — 15:
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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu and Al Plaza Daigo. Escape the urban bustle at Rokuen and Takatsuki Field Athletic. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Byodoin (in Uji), Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Omiwa Shrine) and Nara (Nara National Museum, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, wander the streets of Pontocho, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder tool .

You can fly from Nagasaki to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Sakurai, Anyo Temple / Tachikikannon, Mint Museum, Midori no Bunkaen
Find places to stay May 15 — 21:
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine

3
nights
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 22nd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Kazuemachi Tea House Street, see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, steep yourself in history at Shima, then stop by Sakuda Honten, and finally explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Utatsu, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daijoji Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa journey builder app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
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Kazuemachi Tea House Street ©
Kazuemachi Tea House Street
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
Kanazawa Noh Museum ©
Kanazawa Noh Museum

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hours
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.
To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip app .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
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2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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 25th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, then sample the tasty concoctions at Watanabe Sake Brewery, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Rail - MTB Gattan Go!!.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Matsumoto to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Takayama are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 26th (Tue), you'll travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hida
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Shirakabe Dozogai ©
Shirakabe Dozogai
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!! ©
Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!

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hours
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.
To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Takayama to Himeji takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Himeji sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
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Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
You've now added Miyajima to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyama Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, and finally explore the world behind art at Woodone Museum of Art.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hatsukaichi journey planning app .

Getting from Himeji to Hatsukaichi by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daytime highs in Hatsukaichi are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Miyama Shrine ©
Miyama Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll set off for Fujikawaguchiko-machi on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street ©

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Saiko Lake.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Saiko Lake ©
Saiko Lake
Yamanashi Gem Museum ©
Yamanashi Gem Museum
Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine ©
Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Marunouchi, look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren, then identify plant and animal life at Tokyo Port Wildbird Park, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shimokitazawa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo route maker app .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:
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Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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