35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
2
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
7
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights

4
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Popular historic sites such as Cape Hirakubozaki and Fusaki Kannondo are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Island Countryside Settlement and Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi. Venture out of the city with trips to Iriomote-jima (Scuba & Snorkeling, Nara no Taki Falls, &more) and Kohama-jima (Kohama Island Information Center & Hairumubushi Beach). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, contemplate the long history of Tojinbaka, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and visit a coastal fixture at Kannonzaki Lighthouse.

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San Jose, Costa Rica to Ishigaki is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from San Jose to Ishigaki. In November, daytime highs in Ishigaki are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Kohama-jima, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave ©
Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and 26 Martyrs Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yutoku Inari Shrine and Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Arita-cho (The Kyushu Ceramic Museum & Tozan Shrine), Imari Okawachiyama (in Imari) and Karatsu (Karatsu Shrine & Former Takatori House). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki City Sotome Museum of History and Folklore, see the interesting displays at Endo Shusaku Literary Museum, and stroll through Glover Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Nagasaki in 6.5 hours. In November, Nagasaki is little chillier than Ishigaki - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arita-cho, Karatsu, Yutoku Inari Shrine, Imari Okawachiyama
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 27:
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Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine

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.
Daishoin Temple and Mitaki Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mazda Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Sandan-kyo (in Akiota-cho), Tsuwano-cho (Tsuwano Castle & Taikodani Inari Shrine) and Hatsukaichi (Imaise Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Flame.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima attractions site.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Tsuwano-cho, JMSDF Kure Museum, Sandan-kyo, Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

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.
Visit Himeji Castle and Sumoto Castle for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Okayama Castle and Hiromine Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Kobe (Suma-dera & Kawasaki Good Times World), Okayama (Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan) & Okayama Orient Museum) and Izanagi Shrine (in Awaji). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Shizutani School, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoda Temman Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Shosekiheki Cliff, and hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

For photos and more tourist information, go to the Himeji online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Himeji sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Okayama, Kobe, Izanagi Shrine, Sumoto Castle, Ako Oishi Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Izanagi Shrine ©
Izanagi Shrine
Kawasaki Good Times World ©
Kawasaki Good Times World

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nanzen-ji Temple. Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

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Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 9:
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Higashi Hongan-ji Temple ©
Higashi Hongan-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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.
Visit Natadera Temple and Suganuma Gassho Community for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shirakawago and Ninja Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Ishikawa Aviation Plaza (in Komatsu), Kakusenkei Gorge (in Kaga) and Maruoka Castle (in Sakai). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Ainokura Gassho Community, take in the spiritual surroundings of Encho-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, and make a trip to Kazuemachi Tea House Street.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kanazawa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Nanto, Komatsu, Kakusenkei Gorge, Maruoka Castle, Shirakawago
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:
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Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

4
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chihiro Art Museum Azumino and Kaikoen Garden. Appreciate the collections at Norikura Shizen Hogo Center and Old High School Memorial Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Nagano (Sanada House, Matsushiro, &more) and Komoro (Nunobiki Kannon & Kaio-in Temple). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Norikura Kogen, contemplate the long history of Giminzuka, make a trip to Fukashi Shrine, and admire the sheer force of Zengoro Fall.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto route planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in December, expect Matsumoto to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nagano, Komoro, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:
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Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen

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.
teamLab☆Planets and Nezu Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Kencho-ji Temple and Engaku-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing)). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo attractions planner.

Take a train from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in December, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:
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Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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