32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Medellin
Fly:  26​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  28​h
End: Medellin

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 6th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

Medellin, Colombia to Tokyo is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Medellin to Tokyo. Traveling from Medellin in July, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, adventure, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kabira Park, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ishigaki, with lows of 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in July, plan for little chillier nights in Hiroshima, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution & Kobe Oji Zoo), Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada) and Okayama (Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest & Korakuen Garden). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi), steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Himeji sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kobe, Akashi, Okayama
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

5
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: Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa driving holiday planner.

Getting from Himeji to Kanazawa by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, shop like a local with Dotonbori, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Jishu Shrine
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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