36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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36 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vilnius
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
1
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Sugito-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Vilnius

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Awaga Shrine (in Asago) and Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in the dramatic scenery at Tendaki Falls, take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner .

Vilnius, Lithuania to Himeji is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Vilnius to Himeji. When traveling from Vilnius in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Himeji, with highs around 35°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Shikoku Mura Village, Awaga Shrine
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more), Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima online day trip planner .

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:
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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

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, head off the coast to Hashima Island, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki tour planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiho-In Hall, examine the collection at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Nagasaki to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more), Sairin-ji Temple (in Hakusan) and Okedaki Falls (in Wajima). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, examine the collection at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in August, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are slightly colder, around 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Okedaki Falls, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gongenmori Beach, Sairin-ji Temple
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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 find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Tateyama-machi (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Kurobe Dam), Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, & more) and Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Old Mejima Residence). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, take in the natural beauty of Yubatake, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiho-ji Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto online holiday planner .

Drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Takayama, Nagano, Tateyama-machi, Yubatake, Daiho-ji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Susono Fishing Park (in Susono), Kenshin Falls (in Hayakawa-cho) and Ita Beach (in Numazu). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, admire the sheer force of Abe Great Waterfall, enjoy the sand and surf at Toi Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Panoramic Viewing Platform.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online attractions planner .

Getting from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Matsumoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sugito-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kenshin Falls, Susono Fishing Park, Abe Great Waterfall, Ita Beach, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck

1
night
Sugito-machi

Sugito-machi ©
On the 11th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eifukuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atago Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Chikatsu Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinmei Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sugito-machi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Sugito-machi takes 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Sugito-machi are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sugito-machi

Historic Sites
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Atago Shrine ©
Atago Shrine
Shinmei Shrine ©
Shinmei 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.
Change things up 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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online vacation planner .

Getting from Sugito-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sugito-machi in September: highs in Tokyo hover around 32°C, while lows 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 Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 17:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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