36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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36 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  31​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train + bus:  2​h
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
bus + train:  1​h 30​min
3
Yokohama
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Fukuoka
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
8
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train + taxi:  2​h
10
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
11
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
End: London

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.
You've added Nikko Botanical Garden, Cosmo Planetarium Shibuya, Tokyo Sea Life Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa Shrine and Sensō-ji. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ueno and Asakusa Fujiasama Shrine.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nikko, Nikko National Park
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Narukawa Art Museum, Hakone Ropeway, Hakone Stone‐paved Road, and other attractions you added. On the 1st (Thu), get great views at Hakone Ropeway and then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and then hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi journey builder app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in August, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum
Hakone Stone‐paved Road ©
Hakone Stone‐paved Road

2
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Enoshima Shrine, Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama, Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery, and other attractions. On the 3rd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sankeien Gardens, engage your brain at Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum, make a trip to Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery, then examine the collection at Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama, and finally take a stroll through Minato Mirai 21. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Engaku-ji Temple, trek along Daibutsukiritoshi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Enoshima Shrine, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yuigahama Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yokohama trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Yokohama by combination of bus and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in August: highs in Yokohama hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamakura, Enoshima Shrine
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Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nagoya City Science Museum, Toyota Automobile Museum, Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, and finally examine the collection at Toyota Automobile Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Yokohama to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, Toyota Automobile Museum
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Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Toyota Automobile Museum ©
Toyota Automobile Museum
Nagoya City Science Museum ©
Nagoya City Science Museum

5
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 list of things to see and do now includes Shitennoji, Minami (Namba), Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and other attractions.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online travel route planner .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in August: highs in Osaka hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Kobe, Minoo Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Itsukushima Shrine, Senjokaku, Yamato Museum, and other attractions.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online road trip planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mazda Museum
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Inasa, Nagasaki Peace Park, Nanzoin, and other attractions you added.

Discover how to plan a Fukuoka trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Fun & Games Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nagasaki, Nanzoin
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin

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.
You've added Hikone Castle, 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園, Ishiyamadera Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation builder website .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hikone, Otsu
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kenrokuen Garden, Nagamachi Neighborhood, Kanazawa Castle, and other attractions you added. On the 24th (Sat), make a trip to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Nagamachi Neighborhood, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center.

Plan my day in Kanazawa using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Nagamachi Neighborhood ©
Nagamachi Neighborhood
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Shibu Onsen has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Shibu Onsen.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi sightseeing app .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. August in Yamanouchi-machi sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Baths Spas Parks
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Shibu Onsen ©
Shibu Onsen
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. On the 26th (Mon), get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder website .

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo by combination of taxi and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.
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