32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + Drive:  13​h
1
Naniwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 21 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Bangkok

2
nights
Naniwa

Naniwa ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Waterfall of Mino and then explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and finally don't miss a visit to Shinsaibashi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Naniwa trip maker site .

Bangkok, Thailand to Naniwa is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in December; daily highs in Naniwa reach 13°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Naniwa

Neighborhoods Parks Nature

Side Trips

Osaka, Kobe, Waterfall of Mino
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum
Waterfall of Mino ©
Waterfall of Mino

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.
Get in touch with nature at Mt. Kurama and Kamogawa River. Wakasa History Museum and Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nantan (Miyama Town Nature Cultural Village & The Little Indigo Museum). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, shop like a local with Kyoto Station Building, and view the masterpieces at Kyoto WaGlass Gion Gallery.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Naniwa to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nantan, Wakasa History Museum
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Get outdoors at Miyajima and Yunotsu Onsen. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, look for gifts at Monokoto Store, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum, Yunotsu Onsen, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

21
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.
You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Pola Museum of Art. Visit Senso-ji Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine for their historical value. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Mt. Takao (in Hachioji), Yokohama International Swimming Pool (in Tuzuki) and Mount Tsukuba (in Tsukuba). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo tour planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Tokyo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Hayama-machi, Otsuki
Find places to stay Dec 23 — Jan 13:
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Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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