37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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37 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  6​h
2
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Dubai

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.
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, walk around Banna Park, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki road trip planning app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Ishigaki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Ishigaki. In August, Ishigaki is a bit cooler than Dubai - with highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki tour itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nagasaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more), Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip maker site .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
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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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally walk around Kunimi no Mori Park. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and then snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Himeji planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Himeji sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Mt. Takamikura, Kunimi no Mori Park, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiho-In Hall, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto visit planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Himeji, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Okedaki Falls (in Wajima). There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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 a bit cooler, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Okedaki Falls, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gongenmori Beach
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tateyama-machi (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Kurobe Dam), Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, & more) and Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Old Mejima Residence). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), tour the pleasant surroundings at Yubatake, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiho-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Takayama, Nagano, Tateyama-machi, Yubatake, Daiho-ji Temple
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Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Susono Fishing Park (in Susono), Ita Beach (in Numazu) and Abe Great Waterfall (in Shizuoka). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, take some stellar pictures from Panoramic Viewing Platform, take in the dramatic scenery at Kenshin Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Ryujin Pond.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Matsumoto in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

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
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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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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