35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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35 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Boracay
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Nikko
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
7
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
8
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+4
train + subway + Fly + foot + ferry:  9​h 15​min
End: Boracay

5
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 with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel route planner.

Boracay, Philippines to Tokyo is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 19:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nikko: Odairanosato Shinsui Park (in Midori) and Kakumambuchi (in Maebashi). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, stroll around Nikko National Park, and admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kakumambuchi, Nikko National Park, Odairanosato Shinsui Park
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 23:
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

4
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 Abe Great Waterfall (in Shizuoka), Ita Beach (in Numazu) and Susono Fishing Park (in Susono). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, take in the dramatic scenery at Kenshin Falls, and take some stellar pictures from Panoramic Viewing Platform.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fujikawaguchiko-machi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nikko to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. August in Fujikawaguchiko-machi sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Ita Beach, Kenshin Falls, Abe Great Waterfall, Toi Beach, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck

4
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Tateyama-machi (Shomyo Waterfall, Kurobe Dam, & more), Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more) and Matsumoto (Japan Ukiyo-e Museum & Matsumoto Castle). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), and wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Takayama trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Takayama, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama-machi, Matsumoto
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Okedaki Falls (in Wajima), Takazawa Candle (in Nanao) and Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Okedaki Falls, Gongenmori Beach, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Ryusogadaki Falls
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, examine the collection at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, make a trip to Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiho-In Hall.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online vacation maker .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu) and Awaga Shrine (in Asago). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, admire the sheer force of Tendaki Falls, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Tarumino Ozakura.

Plan trip to Himeji with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Himeji, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Kuma, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Shikoku Mura Village
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

4
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: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

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

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
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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

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