32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Fukushima
— 2 nights
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Drive to Sendai Airport, Fly to Chubu Centrair International Airport, Drive to Ise
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Yugawara-machi
— 5 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Rio de Janeiro

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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Akihabara, Meguro River and Chidorigafuchi. Get some historical perspective at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ueno District and Nezu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing), Kencho-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take a stroll through Yanaka District, and get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online sightseeing planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Tokyo, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Tokyo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fukushima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 2 — 7:

Fukushima

— 2 nights
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Yuji Koseki Memorial Hall, shop like a local with Sato Bussankan, test the waters at Ashidake no Yu, then examine the collection at Nishida Memorial Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at S-Pal Fukushima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Nakanofudoson, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Manzo Inari Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Manzo Inari, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Katayamake Gobyo.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fukushima online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fukushima in 4 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect Fukushima to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Fukushima

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Ise

— 2 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takanomiya, get engrossed in the history at Jingu Chokokan Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamato-hime Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Hinjitsukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izawanomiya. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Saiku Histrical Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagamine Shrine, stop by Hakutaka Miyake Shoten, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kazahinominomiya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ise driving holiday tool.

Explore your travel options from Fukushima to Ise with the Route module. Traveling from Fukushima in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Ise. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): walk around Shin Satoyama, get engrossed in the history at Osaka Museum of History, walk around Nakanoshima Park, then shop like a local with Dotombori District, then examine the collection at Koshien History Museum, and finally stroll around Omae Beach Park. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, steep yourself in history at Tekijuku, examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, then stroll around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Osaka Fureai no Mizube.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Osaka driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Ise to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Ise in May, expect nights in Osaka to be a bit cooler, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 14th (Sat), stroll around Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, then steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, soak in some Japanese tradition at Yurara no Yu Nara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Experience YAMATO.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Nara trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Osaka in May, Nara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Mt. Kurama and Yase Momiji no Komichi. Explore hidden gems such as Heian Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Chishaku-in.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nara in May, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 15 — 20:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daishoin Temple and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Mazda Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Misen Wild Woods). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, stop by Pokemon Center Hiroshima, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and wander the streets of Kamiyacho.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 24:

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 24th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Hakone Craft House, examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hakone Shisseikaen, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson).

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi day trip site.

Do a combination of train and bus from Hiroshima to Hakone-machi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yugawara-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Shopping · Classes · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 25:

Yugawara-machi

— 5 nights
You'll get in some beach time at Atami Sun Beach and Yugawara Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ningenkokuho Bijutsukan and Nakagawa Kazumasa Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yugawara-machi: Odawara (Odawara Castle Tenshukaku & Japanese Iris Garden), Izu (Banjo Falls, Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba, &more) and Juyobunkazai Ekawatei (in Izunokuni).

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yugawara-machi holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Yugawara-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Yugawara-machi sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yugawara-machi

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 30:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Kanagawa Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Historic Sites
Kanagawa Prefecture is a prefecture located in southern Kantō region of Japan. The capital of the prefecture is Yokohama. Kanagawa is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Kanagawa Prefecture is home to Kamakura and Hakone, two highly popular side trip destinations from Tokyo.HistoryThe prefecture has some archaeological sites going back to the Jōmon period (around 400 BCE). About 3,000 years ago, Mount Hakone produced a volcanic explosion which resulted in Lake Ashi on the western area of the prefecture.It is believed that the Yamato dynasty ruled this area from the 5th century onwards. In the ancient era, its plains were very sparsely inhabited.In medieval Japan, Kanagawa was part of the provinces of Sagami and Musashi. Kamakura in central Sagami was the capital of Japan during the Kamakura period (1185–1333).During the Edo period, the western part of Sagami Province was governed by the daimyō of Odawara Castle, while the eastern part was directly governed by the Tokugawa shogunate in Edo (Tokyo).

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