36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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36 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  6​h
2
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll through Banna Park, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Ishigaki is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Ishigaki is 9 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in March: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 26°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 21:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagasaki: Yusui Garden Shimeisou (in Shimabara), Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Dosekiryu Hisai Kaoku Hozon Park (in Minamishimabara). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll through Nagao Castle Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, and examine the collection at Kyugosho Memorial Exhibit.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nagasaki in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. While traveling from Ishigaki, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Nagasaki, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Yusui Garden Shimeisou, Huis Ten Bosch, Nagao Castle Park, Dosekiryu Hisai Kaoku Hozon Park
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 26:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

3
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 (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online travel planner .

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Tobishima Kaido
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:
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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
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 & Okayama Castle), Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Nunohiki River Valley, & more) and Chinatown (Nankinmachi) (in Chuo). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, and don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Himeji road trip planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Himeji are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kobe, Okayama, Jodoji Temple, Mt. Takamikura, Sumiyoshi Shrine
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 2:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online journey planner .

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 8:
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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
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: Takayama (Shiroyama Park, Sanmachi Suji, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 13:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

7
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Urayasu to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 17th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo travel planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 20:
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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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