32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  13​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Kyoto
— 10 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Fukushima
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
7
Sapporo
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Kuwait City

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.
Have a day of magic on the 14th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder site .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Kuwait City in March: highs in Tokyo hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. On your second day here, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and finally appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima vacation planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

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

1
night
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 17th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, and then take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Himeji online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Otemae Street ©
Otemae Street

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then shop like a local with Dotonbori. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip planner .

Kobe is very close to Himeji. In March, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

10
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, & more) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip website .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Fukushima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nara, Jishu Shrine, Byodoin, Yasaka Shrine, Kotokuji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): steep yourself in history at The ruins of Nihonmatsu Castle, examine the collection at Fukushima City Minka-en, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanamiyama Park. On the next day, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uesugi Jinja Shrine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyagi Zao Fox Village, and finally explore the historical opulence of Shiroishi Castle.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fukushima online travel planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kyoto to Fukushima. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kyoto in March, with highs in Fukushima at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Fukushima

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Shiroishi, The ruins of Nihonmatsu Castle, Uesugi Jinja Shrine
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Hanamiyama Park ©
Hanamiyama Park
Uesugi Jinja Shrine ©
Uesugi Jinja Shrine
Onsen Resorts

5
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.
When in Sapporo, make a side trip to see Otaru Canal in Otaru, approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Odori Park, fly down the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory, head outdoors with Mt. Tomuraushi, and ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Sapporo road trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fukushima to Sapporo. When traveling from Fukushima in April, plan for little chillier days in Sapporo, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mt. Tomuraushi, Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Step out of Tokyo to go to Urayasu and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. See even more of Tokyo: explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, take a stroll through Akihabara, and shop like a local with Harajuku Takeshita-dori.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sapporo in April, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park

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