36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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36 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
+2
train + foot + ferry:  7​h 30​min
7
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + train:  5​h 45​min
8
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
9
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
10
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
11
Kobe
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
12
Nara
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  25​h
End: Paris

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.
Sensō-ji and Imperial Palace will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo National Museum and Ginza. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Odaiba, shop like a local with Takeshita Street, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker website .

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paris to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In May, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Paris - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay May 17 — 22:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Itsukushima Gekijyo, & more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

2
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.
On the 25th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, explore the galleries of Jikko Cutlery, then wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and finally wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Mint Museum, see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, see the interesting displays at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, take an in-depth tour of Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ikeda, Jikko Cutlery, National Museum of Ethnology
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
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Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Head to Nishiki Market and Fuuka-Kimonofor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, don't miss a visit to Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Shiorian
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha 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.
On the 31st (Fri), explore the galleries of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally browse the exhibits of Pola Museum of Art. Keep things going the next day: make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

To see reviews and tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Theme Parks Baths

Side Trip

Gotemba Premium Outlets
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air 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.
Get some cultural insight at Mount Fuji and Asaya Winery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja and Zenkoji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Kofu (Takeda Shrine, Kofu Castle, & more), Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine (in Fujiyoshida) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, examine the collection at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi road trip planning app .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kofu, Fujiyoshida, Asaya Winery, Mount Fuji, Spas
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 5:
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Takeda Shrine ©
Takeda Shrine
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Teshima Art Museum and then head off the coast to Naoshima. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Kinojo Iwaya, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kinojo Castle.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Naoshima-cho travel planner .

You can do a combination of train and ferry from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Naoshima-cho in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in June: highs in Naoshima-cho hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tamano, Soja, Teshima Art Museum
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:
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Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then stroll through Tojinbo Cliff, and then cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and train from Naoshima-cho to Kanazawa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. June in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gongenmori Beach, Tojinbo Cliff
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:
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3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Schmoe House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and then get outside with Ikuchijima.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Ikuchijima, Okunoshima Island
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

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.
On the 13th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Shrine and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, get outside with Ritsuun Gorge, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tendaki Falls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji journey maker site .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Himeji, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kashima Shrine, Ritsuun Gorge, Tendaki Falls, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kashima Shrine ©
Kashima Shrine

3
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kobe Fashion Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Arima Onsen, then don't miss a visit to Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Chinatown (Nankinmachi). On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Awashima Shrine, steep yourself in history at Site of Miyama Batttery, then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and finally examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kobe route tool .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Himeji. In June, daytime highs in Kobe are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Wakayama
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:
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Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 18th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine and then stroll around Nara Park. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Asuka Historical Museum, Imai Skyline Exchange Center Hanairaka, Kurozuka Kofun Museum
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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