37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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37 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
4
Kita
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
6
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
8
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Naha
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
11
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Dallas

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.
Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum capture your imagination. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple), Yokohama (Minato Mirai 21 & Yokohama Chinatown) and Urayasu (Tokyo DisneySea & Ikspiari). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Dallas, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Dallas to Tokyo, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in June, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 79°F and lows about 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yokohama, Urayasu, Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
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 Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park. Shop till you drop at Sano Premium Outlet and Nasu Garden Outlet. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nikko National Park, admire the sheer force of Taiko Oroshi Falls, find something for the whole family at Tobu World Square, and take in the views from Shinkyo.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nikko day trip app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Nikko sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sano Premium Outlet, Nasu Garden Outlet
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

3
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Narukawa Art Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, and identify plant and animal life at Hakone Shisseikaen.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Nikko to Hakone-machi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nikko in June, things will get a bit cooler in Hakone-machi: highs are around 68°F and lows about 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Kita.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks Parks Baths

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

4
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street. Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Hozenji Yokocho.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kita trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hakone-machi to Kita. Traveling from Hakone-machi in June, you will find days in Kita are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo-jo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll explore and learn at Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto National Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, and make a trip to Nishiki Market.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kita to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
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 25th (Tue), make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji route builder app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kyoto in June, you will find days in Himeji are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online travel route planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Glover Garden and Kazagashira Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Nagasaki Peace Park. Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Former Glover House, take in the views from Megane Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and meet the residents at Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Shurijo Castle and The Tower of Himeyuri. Do your shopping at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Shijo Hondori. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: Yomitan-son (Yachimun no Sato & Nirai Beach), Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman) and Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Ashibina Outlet Mall, make a trip to Kokusaidori, kick back and relax at Tropical Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and flight from Nagasaki to Naha takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nagasaki in June, with highs in Naha at 85°F and lows at 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yomitan-son, Itoman, Tropical Beach, Ashibina Outlet Mall, Sefa-Utaki
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:
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AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM ©
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Higashichaya Old Town. Museum-lovers will get to explore Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Wada House (in Shirakawa-mura), Amaharashi Coast (in Takaoka) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, and wander the streets of Nagamachi District.

Start your trip to Kanazawa by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Naha to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Naha in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Amaharashi Coast
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nagoya Castle and Inuyama Castle. Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Tokugawa Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Toki Premium Outlets (in Toki) and Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima (in Kuwana). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Sakae, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and buy something for everyone on your list at Oasis 21.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Nagoya are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima, Inuyama Castle, Toki Premium Outlets
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:
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Sakae
Sakae
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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