38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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38 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Potosi
Fly:  43​h
1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  6​h
2
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  38​h
End: Potosi

4
nights
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.
On the 28th (Sun), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stroll around Kabira Park, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planner.

Potosi, Bolivia to Ishigaki is an approximately 43-hour flight. Traveling from Potosi to Ishigaki, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Potosi in April, expect nights in Ishigaki to be warmer, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
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: Onyoku Museum (in Saikai), Nagao Castle Park (in Nagayo-cho) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, head off the coast to Hashima Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Church Hongouchi, and take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, Nagasaki is slightly colder than Ishigaki - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Nagao Castle Park, Onyoku Museum
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima travel planning site .

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. 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
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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

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: Sumiyoshi Shrine (in Akashi), Okayama (Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest & Korakuen Garden) and Mt. Takamikura (in Kakogawa). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take some stellar pictures from Awaji Hanasajiki, make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, and steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Himeji itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Okayama, Awaji Hanasajiki, Mt. Takamikura, Sumiyoshi Shrine, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, & more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and make a trip to Gion.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a 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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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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 (Mt. Tateyama & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Daio-ji Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb, and look for gifts at Hanakomichi.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto trip planning app .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takayama, Tateyama-machi
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 28th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Tokyo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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