32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
2
Nakafurano-cho
— 4 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
7
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm (in Ebetsu) and Asadaen Farm (in Yoichi-cho). There's lots more to do: stroll around Odori Park, admire the natural beauty at Royce Rose Garden, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and don't miss a visit to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo attractions planner.

Lima, Peru to Sapporo is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Lima to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. In July, Sapporo is somewhat warmer than Lima - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Nakafurano-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Earth Dream Kakuyama Farm, Asadaen Farm
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus ©
Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus

4
nights
Nakafurano-cho

Nakafurano-cho ©
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nakafurano-cho: Higashikawa-cho (Asahi-dake & Susoaidaira), Biei-cho (Patchwork no Michi, Shirahige Falls, &more) and Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, make a trip to Panorama Road, relax in the rural setting at Saika no sato, and stroll around Hinode Park.

Before you visit Nakafurano-cho, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Sapporo to Nakafurano-cho in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Nakafurano-cho can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Kamifurano-cho, Higashikawa-cho, Daisetsuzan
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:
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Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Paddle Park, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and enjoy some diversion at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nakafurano-cho to Hiroshima. In August, Hiroshima is somewhat warmer than Nakafurano-cho - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

4
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Wada House, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For photos and tourist information, use the Kanazawa online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Kirigamine Fujimidai (in Suwa), Yashimagahara Marsh (in Shimosuwa-machi) and Kurumayama Highland (in Chino). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, explore the activities along Taisho Pond, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ogato.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Matsumoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Matsumoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kirigamine Fujimidai, Utsukushigahara Highlands, Yashimagahara Marsh, Hotaka Mountain Range, Kurumayama Highland
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:
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Utsukushigahara Highlands ©
Utsukushigahara Highlands
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kurumayama Highland ©
Kurumayama Highland

6
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip website.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 24:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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