35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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35 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train + bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokushima
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Kochi
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
6
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
8
Okayama
— 2 nights
9
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
10
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
11
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
+4
train + subway + Fly + taxi + train:  6​h 45​min
12
Nagano
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
13
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Berlin

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Pola Museum of Art and Ueno Zoo. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Minami Chikura Beach (in Minamiboso) and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi). Have a day of magic on the 11th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route planner .

Berlin, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Tokyo Disneyland, Minami Chikura Beach
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Visit Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Amanohashidate and Kennin-ji Temple. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Amanohashidate
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Koyasan Okunoin and Nara Park. Popular historic sites such as Osaka Castle and Toshodaiji Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Koyasan Danjo Garan, & more) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Koyano Museum of Antique Main Building, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planning website .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokushima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple

2
nights
Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tatsueji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Onzanji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan, and finally see the interesting displays at Awaodori Kaikan. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Strait and then explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokushima trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Osaka to Tokushima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Osaka in August: highs in Tokushima hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Tokushima

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Komatsushima, Naruto
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Mount Bizan ©
Mount Bizan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Onzanji Temple ©
Onzanji Temple

2
nights
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture, then take in panoramic vistas at Kochi Ryoma Airport Deck, and finally kick back and relax at Katsurahama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, explore the engaging exhibits at Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokubunji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tosa Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Tokushima to Kochi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Nankoku, Noichi Zoological Park of Kochi Prefecture, Kami City Takashi Yanase Memorial Museum Anpanman Museum
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Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple

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 24th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiganzan Iwayaji Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at Namekawakeikoku. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally make a trip to Taisanji Temple.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Matsuyama trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kaiganzan Iwayaji Temple, Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei, Namekawakeikoku
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, then contemplate the long history of Kotohira-gu Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Marugame Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Negoroji Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Takamatsu tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Matsuyama to Takamatsu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Takamatsu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Marugame Castle, Kotohira-gu Shrine
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Kotohira-gu Shrine ©
Kotohira-gu Shrine
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle
Yakuriji Temple ©
Yakuriji Temple

2
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 27th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsuhiko Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Korakuen Garden, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Washu.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Okayama trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Takamatsu to Okayama by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. August in Okayama sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kurashiki
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Mt. Washu ©
Mt. Washu
Kibitsuhiko Shrine ©
Kibitsuhiko Shrine
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

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.
On the 29th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mashike Itsukushima Shrine, then stroll through Mikasahama Beach, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima itinerary website .

Take a train from Okayama to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashike Itsukushima Shrine
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Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Hiroshima Museum of Art ©
Hiroshima Museum of Art

2
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.
On the 31st (Sat), browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Ohori Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenkai Inari Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Temmangu, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yoshinogari Historical Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Fukuoka attractions site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Yoshinogari Historical Park, Miyajidake Shrine, Old Ito Denemon House, Nanzoin
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:
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Dazaifu Temmangu
Dazaifu Temmangu
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park

2
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.
On the 3rd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Suwa Shrine, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally contemplate the long history of Glover Garden.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online route maker .

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Nagasaki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Museums
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

3
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Get a sense of the local culture at Matsumoto Castle and Ganshoin Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Kaminaridaki Falls and Myoko Kogen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagano: Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi) and Akakan Ski Area (in Myoko). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, and don't miss a visit to Sanada House.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Nagano trip planning app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nagasaki to Nagano in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Nagasaki in September, things will get a bit cooler in Nagano: highs are around 28°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Myoko, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Kaminaridaki Falls, Ganshoin Temple, Matsumoto Castle
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Myoko Kogen ©
Myoko Kogen

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 8th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and finally examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Nagano to Tokyo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagano in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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