37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
7
Nagano
— 3 nights
8
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
9
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
10
Tokyo
— 5 nights

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). And it doesn't end there: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and walk around Kabira Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki journey maker tool.

Taipei, Taiwan to Ishigaki is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Taipei Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:
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Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Saijo (in Higashihiroshima) and Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. In October, Hiroshima is a bit cooler than Ishigaki - with highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Saijo
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at View Matsuho no Sato, enjoy the sand and surf at Matsue Swimming Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Amore Beach, then make a trip to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Himeji attractions planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Akashi, Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets, View Matsuho no Sato, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets ©
Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and squeeze the most out of the city with Photoguider-Japan.

Find out how to plan Osaka trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in October, Osaka is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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.
Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and M's KYOTO INFORMATION CENTER. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Arashiyama, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto itinerary app.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 5:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Gion
Gion

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, make a trip to Omicho Market, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Nagamachi Neighborhood ©
Nagamachi Neighborhood
Yamato Soy Sauce Higashiyama ©
Yamato Soy Sauce Higashiyama

3
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Shop till you drop at Harunire Terrace and MIDORI Nagano. Step out of Nagano to go to Karuizawa-machi and see Tombo no Yu, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Snow Monkey Resorts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Togakushi Shrine Chusha.

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You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nagano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, you will find days in Nagano are little chillier (14°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Karuizawa-machi
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Harunire Terrace ©
Harunire Terrace
MIDORI Nagano ©
MIDORI Nagano

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.
Head to Hanakomichi and Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichifor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, take in the views from Myojin Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond, and explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Nagano to Matsumoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. November in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Hotaka Mountain Range, Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:
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Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Onsen Resorts
Nakamachi Street ©
Nakamachi Street

3
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 out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba), Spas (in Yamanashi) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway & The Hakone Open-Air Museum). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Lake Kawaguchi, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ide Sake Brewery, awaken your taste buds at Fuji Bike Tour, and walk around Oishi Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in November, Fujikawaguchiko-machi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Museums · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Asaya Winery, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Spas
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets
Spas

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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Takeshita Street. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, indulge in some personalized pampering at NATURE Daikanyama, and shop like a local with Asakusa.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:
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NATURE Daikanyama ©
NATURE Daikanyama
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Ginza ©
Ginza

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