32 days in Japan & Paris Itinerary

32 days in Japan & Paris Itinerary

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32 days in Japan & Paris Itinerary

Start: Budapest, Hungary
Fly:  17​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Sendai, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Nikko, Japan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Matsumoto, Japan
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Nagano, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
6
Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Takayama, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 3 nights
Bus + Train:  1​h 15​min
9
Fujisawa, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
10
Kamakura, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
11
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Budapest, Hungary

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ueno Park and Tokyo Skytree. 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 Chidorigafuchi, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

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Budapest, Hungary to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Tokyo is 8 hours. Traveling from Budapest in April, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park

3
nights
Sendai, Japan

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Risshaku-ji Temple and Matsukawa Ura Kankyo Park. Explore Sendai's surroundings by going to Fudoson Park (in Marumori-machi), Yamagata (Momijigawa Valley & Taimenseki) and Fukushima Matsukawaura Nature Park (in Soma). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, stroll the grounds of Lieutenant Fujihara Ason Sanekata Tombstone, go for a walk through Funaokajoshi Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryutoin Temple Garden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sendai trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Sendai takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sendai: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yamagata, Soma, Murata-machi, Fudoson Park, Lieutenant Fujihara Ason Sanekata Tombstone
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Matsukawa Ura Kankyo Park ©
Matsukawa Ura Kankyo Park
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Fudoson Park ©
Fudoson Park

3
nights
Nikko, Japan

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ashikaga Flower Park and Lake Chuzenji. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Oya Stone Museum (in Utsunomiya) and Ryushun Fall (in Nasushiobara). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and make a trip to Nikko Station.

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

Take a train from Sendai to Nikko in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Ashikaga Flower Park, Oya History Museum, Ryushun Fall
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Ashikaga Flower Park ©
Ashikaga Flower Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Oya History Museum ©
Oya History Museum

3
nights
Matsumoto, Japan

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Ichinose Meadow. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Tateyama-machi (Kurobe Dam & Yuki no Otani). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, delve into the lush surroundings at Larch Forests In Kamikochi area, walk around Chuo Nishi Park, and get outside with Konashidaira.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto road trip site .

Traveling by car from Nikko to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Matsumoto, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Tateyama-machi
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Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

2
nights
Nagano, Japan

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nagano online itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Nagano are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Baths Spas Wildlife

Side Trip

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

2
nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a stroll through Nagamachi District, make a trip to Omicho Market, then admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and finally take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see ratings and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary builder app .

Take a train from Nagano to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Kanazawa Station ©
Kanazawa Station

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Takayama, Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, have fun and explore at Hida Takayama Retro Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally make a trip to Dekonaru Yokocho.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Takayama are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory

3
nights
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Kawaguchi and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Fujiyoshida (Arakurayama Sengen Park & Fuji-Q Highland). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, see the interesting displays at Hakone Museum of Photography, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hakone-machi, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Takayama to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Takayama in April: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fujisawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Lake Kawaguchi
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

2
nights
Fujisawa, Japan

Fujisawa ©
Situated on Kanagawa's Sagami Bay, the city of Fujisawa serves as the gateway to beaches on the small island of Enoshima, as well as the sandy coast and temples of nearby Kamakura.
On the 25th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Fujisawa City Hall Observation Deck, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enoshima Shrine Okutsumiya, take in panoramic vistas at Lover's Hill / Bell of Ryuren, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enoshima Daishi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enoshima Shrine Hetsumiya, and finally step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Fujisawa Ukiyo-e Museum, stroll around Hikichigawa Shinsui Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suwa Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Shintoku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Kannoin.

Plan a Fujisawa trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Fujisawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Fujisawa sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Fujisawa

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kannoin ©
Kannoin
Enoshima Island ©
Enoshima Island
Fujisawa Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Fujisawa Ukiyo-e Museum

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Kamakura, Japan

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Kōtoku-in, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kencho-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): hike along Asaina Sunken Road and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kinubari.

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

Kamakura is very close to Fujisawa. In April, daytime highs in Kamakura are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Kamakura

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Asaina Sunken Road ©
Asaina Sunken Road
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Trocadero. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Tuileries, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kamakura to Paris by flight takes about 16.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Kamakura in April, Paris is slightly colder at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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