36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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36 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  6​h
2
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
6
Nagoya
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Nikko
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kabira Bay and Yarabudake. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ishigaki Yaima Village and Nei Museum of Art. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki itinerary builder tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Ishigaki is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in March, with highs in Ishigaki at 26°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay

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.
Let the collections at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Kyugosho Memorial Exhibit capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Mt. Inasa and Chimachibo Park. Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Sasebo (Mt. Yumihari & Huis Ten Bosch). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, see the interesting displays at Dejima, and contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki 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 a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Nagasaki, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sasebo, Chimachibo Park
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:
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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.
Let the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Miyajima and Paddle Park. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Itsukushima Shrine). The adventure continues: make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima journey planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle and then hike along Mt Shosha hiking. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
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Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

4
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.
Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto planner .

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Jishu Shrine, Osaka Castle
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

4
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll explore and learn at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Okageza. Step out of the city life by going to Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku and Yamazaki River. Venture out of the city with trips to Nakasendo Hiroshige Art Museum (in Ena), Ai Chikyuhaku Kinenkan (in Nagakute) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Samurai Kingdom Ninja-Ise, get engrossed in the history at Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum, and contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Nagoya by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for slightly colder days in Nagoya, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Ai Chikyuhaku Kinenkan, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MRJ MUSEUM, Inuyama Castle, Nakasendo Hiroshige Art Museum
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 11:
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Itchiku Kubota Art Museum and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum. Get outdoors at Mount Fuji and Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Take a break from Fujikawaguchiko-machi with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Fuji, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, look for all kinds of wild species at Sankodai, and trek along Momiji Tunnel.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Nagoya to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Fuji, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 15:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nikko Tosho-gu and Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Get outdoors at Kegon Falls and MTB Japan Adventure Tours. Take a break from Nikko with a short trip to Shojinsawa Spring Group in Shioya-machi, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Unryukeikoku Falls, go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge, and hike along Odashirogahara.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nikko trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nikko takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April: highs in Nikko hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

MTB Japan Adventure Tours, Shojinsawa Spring Group
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:
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Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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.
Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Senso-ji Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) for their historical value. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka--about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, take a stroll through Odaiba, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nikko, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 24:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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