35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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35 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Exeter
+3
train + Fly + subway + train:  19​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  4​h
3
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Takayama
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Nikko
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  18​h 30​min
End: Exeter

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima journey planning website .

Exeter, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 20-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Exeter to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:
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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

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa), Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Chimachibo Park (in Takeo). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, head off the coast to Hashima Island, examine the collection at Dejima, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Chimachibo Park, Nagao Castle Park, Huis Ten Bosch, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Okayama (Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest & Okayama Korakuen Garden), Bizen (Hattoji Furusatomura, Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei, & more) and Nishiharima Observatory Park (in Sayo-cho). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji road trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and train from Nagasaki to Himeji in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Bizen, Okayama, Shikoku Mura Village, Nishiharima Observatory Park, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more), Kanazawa (Kanazawa Castle, Higashichaya Old Town, & more) and Matsumoto (Matsumoto Castle & Japan Ukiyo-e Museum). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, make a trip to Hakusan Super Rindo Forest Road, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama route maker .

Drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: highs in Takayama hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Shirakawa-mura, Matsumoto, Hakusan Super Rindo Forest Road
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kinu Green Park (in Takanezawa-machi), Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Minakami-machi) and Tennozakura (in Katashina-mura). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, and explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nikko takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kinu Green Park, Tennozakura, Nikko National Park
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

6
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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 5:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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