34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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34 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
shuttle + Fly:  30​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Nara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Koya-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Kamakura
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Izu
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
11
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Buenos Aires

3
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 Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Harajuku Takeshita-dori, and meet the residents at Ueno Zoo.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina to Tokyo is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Japan Standard Time is 12 hours. In November, Tokyo is a bit cooler than Buenos Aires - with highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 16th (Sat), examine the collection at Oya Stone Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and then contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate). On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Oya History Museum
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

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.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Fuji and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Popular historic sites such as Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine and Zenkoji Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Kofu (Maizuru Castle Park, Kofu Castle, & more). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi and explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Fujikawaguchiko-machi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nikko to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kofu, Mount Fuji, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see reviews and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip site .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in November, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, then explore the world behind art at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, and finally stop by Miyuki Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, then shop like a local with Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Himeji are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kobe
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and finally steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip tool .

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, and then see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nara tour planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Nara by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Osaka
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

3
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Koyasan Daimon and then contemplate the long history of Koyasan Choishi Michi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Miedo Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Koya-cho online tour planner .

You can drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. In December in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 4th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Hirohashibairin
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Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

3
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, then head off the coast to Enoshima Island, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura).

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kamakura trip planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Kamakura in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Koya-cho in December, you will find days in Kamakura are little chillier (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for Izu.

Things to do in Kamakura

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Yokosuka, Enoshima Island, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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Enoshima Island ©
Enoshima Island
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

2
nights
Izu

Izu ©
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shuzen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mishima Taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinomiya Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Izu Teddy Bear Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Jogasaki Coast, then see the interesting displays at Izu Glass and Craft Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Ikeda 20th Century Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Izu trip website .

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Izu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kamakura in December, expect Izu to be somewhat warmer, temps between 15°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Izu

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ito, Mishima Taisha, Kinomiya Shrine
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Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast
Ikeda museum of 20th century art ©
Izu Glass and Craft Museum ©
Izu Glass and Craft Museum

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.
On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then browse the exhibits of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi journey builder website .

You can drive from Izu to Hakone-machi in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Izu in December, expect Hakone-machi to be slightly colder, temps between 8°C and 5°C. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Odawara, Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson), Gotemba Premium Outlets
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

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