33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
8
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
9
Sasebo
— 2 nights
10
Kanazawa
— 3 nights

4
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Mitaka and see Ghibli Museum Mitaka, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stroll around Ueno Park, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in April, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Izu (Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba & Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji) and Ito (Izu Highland Trick Clock Museum, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and explore the striking landscape of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ito, Izu, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
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Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hokuto (Kawamata Higashi Canyon Shizen Kansatsuen, Yamataka Jindai Cherry Blossom, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, and don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi route maker website.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Hokuto, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 12:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Mt. Garyu Gyoukiji Temple (in Kaizu), Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Seinan Sumiyagura, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nagoya, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Spas, Mt. Garyu Gyoukiji Temple, Ise Grand Shrine, Chubu Park
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 15:
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Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

4
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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, approximately Osaka away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, get your game on at NINJA VR KYOTO, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online itinerary maker.

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Tarumino Ozakura (in Yabu), Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso) and Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum (in Awaji). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Himeji day trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trips

Kobe, Tarumino Ozakura, Kunimi no Mori Park, Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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: Iwakuni (Iwakuni Castle & Kintaikyo Bridge). The adventure continues: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Iwakuni
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
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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

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park, thendon't miss a visit to World Peace Symbol Zone, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kannondo, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, thenhead off the coast to Hashima Island, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Nagasaki tour planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sasebo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
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Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

2
nights
Sasebo

Sasebo ©
With its U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Tenkaiho, thenlearn about all things military at Maritime Self-Defense Force Sasebo Museum, and then get in on the family fun at Huis Ten Bosch. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Mifuneyama Rakuen, thenget lost in a book at Takeo City Library, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, and finally head off the coast to Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sasebo route planner.

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Sasebo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Takeo
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:
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Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Tenkaiho ©
Tenkaiho
Takeo City Library ©
Takeo City Library

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.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip site.

Fly from Sasebo to Kanazawa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sasebo in April since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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