35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Himeji
— 2 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
3
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
4
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
5
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
6
Miyoshi
— 2 nights
7
Okayama
— 2 nights
8
Kobe
— 2 nights
9
Osaka
— 3 nights
10
Nara
— 3 nights
11
Kyoto
— 5 nights
12
Tokyo
— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, thensteep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): hike along Mt Shosha hiking, thentake in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, and then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Himeji road trip app.

La Rochelle, France to Himeji is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from La Rochelle in April, Himeji is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

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Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Get out of town with these interesting Fukuoka side-trips: Soeda-machi (Mt. Hiko, Hoheiden, &more), Koishiwarayaki Traditional Industry Plaza (in Toho-mura) and Kumamoto (Kato Shrine, Kumamoto Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, stroll through Ohori Park, and explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka road trip tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Soeda-machi, Kumamoto, Dazaifu, Komenoyama Obsevatory, Koishiwarayaki Traditional Industry Plaza
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden

2
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, get impressive views of Sakurajima, thenadmire the striking features of Kagoshima Prefectural Government Commemoration Hall, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Chiran Heiwa Park, learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, thenmake a trip to Kareigawa Station, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima online itinerary planner.

Take a train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Minamikyushu, Kareigawa Station
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

2
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get your game on at Kururin, step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, take a stroll through Dogo Onsengai, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, thendon't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, and finally make a trip to Shinrokaku. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Garyu Sanso, thensteep yourself in history at Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, thenmake a trip to Kamihayashi Mizunomoto Somen-nagashi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishiyama Koryuji Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama trip maker.

Fly from Kagoshima to Matsuyama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Fun & Games Spas

Side Trips

Garyu Sanso, Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, Kamihayashi Mizunomoto Somen-nagashi, Nishiyama Koryuji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

2
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the striking features of Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu, and then make a trip to Kotohiragu shrine office. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the views from Iya Kazura Bridge, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Oboke Koboke, thentake in the awesome beauty at Shiozuka Highland, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unbenji Temple.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Miyoshi using our trip planner.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Miyoshi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho, Kyu Zentsujikaikosya
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Kotohiragu shrine office ©
Kotohiragu shrine office
Iya Kazura Bridge ©
Iya Kazura Bridge

2
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 30th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, thenadmire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, and finally browse the collection at Okayama Prefectural Library. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), thentake in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kuma, and then hunt for treasures at Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Okayama route builder website.

You can drive from Miyoshi to Okayama in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Okayama can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Bizen
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church, make a trip to Nunohiki River Valley, thengain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, thensee the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Ishoan. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism, appreciate the views at Mukogawa Valley, thencruise along Royu Driveway, and finally stroll around Shukugawa Park.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kobe vacation app.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kobe when traveling from Okayama in May, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hyogo Prefecture, Shukugawa Park, The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Catholic Kobe Chuo Church ©
Catholic Kobe Chuo Church
Shukugawa Park ©
Shukugawa Park

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder tool.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kobe in May, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Koya-cho
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Iwakura Valley (in Iga), Byodoin (in Uji) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, explore the activities along Saho River, go for a walk through Ishitera Tea Plantation, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple.

To find photos and tourist information, go to the Nara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nara when traveling from Osaka in May, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Iwakura Valley, Jindoji Temple, Hase-dera Temple, Ishitera Tea Plantation, Byodoin
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

5
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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kyoto vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in May, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay May 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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