32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Puerto Vallarta
+2
Fly + train + bus:  19​h 15​min
1
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
6
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  6​h
9
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Puerto Vallarta

3
nights
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.
Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Oshino Omiya Bridge (in Oshino-mura) and Koshu (Asaya Winery & Marufuji Winery). Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at Fuji View Hotel Japanese Garden, and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary planner.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Fujikawaguchiko-machi is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Fujikawaguchiko-machi due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Puerto Vallarta in May, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Koshu, Oshino Omiya Bridge, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Rail - MTB Gattan Go!!, then see the interesting displays at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and finally wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Takayama online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May: highs in Takayama hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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: Toyama (Yatsuo no Machinami & Yamafuji Vineyard & Horizon Winery), Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan) and Inami Betsuin Zuizenji Temple (in Nanto). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa route planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Toyama, Gongenmori Beach, Ishikawa Jumoku Park, Inami Betsuin Zuizenji Temple
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Kasumi Yumekujira Park (in Yokkaichi), Chubu Park (in Toin-cho) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, look for gifts at Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yamazaki River.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya itinerary maker website .

Getting from Kanazawa to Nagoya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, Nagoya is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Chubu Park, Kasumi Yumekujira Park, Inuyama Castle
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Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

3
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, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

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

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in May, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka Castle, Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kunimi no Mori Park, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Shrine, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Chinatown (Nankinmachi).

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Sumiyoshi Shrine, Kunimi no Mori Park, Mt. Takamikura
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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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, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

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

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Nagasaki to Sasebo to see Huis Ten Bosch about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, and enjoy the sand and surf at Takahama Beach.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Nagao Castle Park
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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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, stroll through Banna Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planning site .

Getting from Nagasaki to Ishigaki by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in May; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 34°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 31st (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo driving holiday planner .

Getting from Ishigaki to Tokyo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in May, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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