37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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37 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Naha
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

4
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Venture out of the city with trips to Motobu-cho (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Okichan Theater, & more), Nakijin-son (Aiai Farm, Kouri Ohashi, & more) and Heiwa no Ishiji (in Itoman). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, get your game on at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin, see the interesting displays at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, and don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Naha driving holiday planner .

New Delhi, India to Naha is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from New Delhi to Naha due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Naha. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Tomori no Ishibori Ufujishi, Heiwa no Ishiji
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Naha to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Naha in January, you will find days in Hiroshima are slightly colder (11°C), and nights are much colder (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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: Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). The adventure continues: make a trip to Himeji Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Himeji trip simple and quick.

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. In January, daytime highs in Himeji are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ohara Museum of Art, Daisen Outlook, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Kuma, Kunimi no Mori Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Aratama Valley (in Komatsu), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa route builder site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Shishiku Park, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, Aratama Valley, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Hakuba-mura (Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort & Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park), Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort (in Kiso-machi) and Yabuhara Kogen Ski Area (in Kiso-mura). On the 24th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Matsumoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kanazawa in January: high temperatures in Matsumoto hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama, Hakuba-mura, Nozawaonsen-mura, Nihyaku Jizo, Zenko-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
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: Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Hakone-machi (Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), The Hakone Open-Air Museum, & more) and Ikeda museum of 20th century art (in Ito). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, get outside with Mt. Mano, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fujikawaguchiko-machi when traveling from Matsumoto in January, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, Mount Fuji, Mt. Mano, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kōtoku-in
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 4:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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