38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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38 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Naha
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
5
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
7
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Toronto

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Urayasu (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Odaiba, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder website .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. In April, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

6
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 Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, & more), Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Manza Beach, & more) and Nago Pineapple Park (in Nago). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Fukushu-en Garden, kick back and relax at Naminoue Beach, and wander the streets of Yachimun Street.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Naha trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Naha in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Naha when traveling from Tokyo in May, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Onna-son, Chatan-cho, Nago Pineapple Park, Nirai Beach
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

4
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.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, steep yourself in history at Former Glover House, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagasaki Peace Park.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki road trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Naha to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Naha in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Nagasaki. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
Find places to stay May 12 — 16:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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 Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay May 16 — 20:
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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

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Awaji Highway Oasis, take some stellar pictures from Awaji Hanasajiki, then take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Ruins of Akashi Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoshitake Shrine.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji online journey planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Awaji, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Ruins of Akashi Castle
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, pause for some photo ops at Tōdai-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyuji Temple. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nara online holiday planner .

Getting from Himeji to Nara by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Horyu-ji Temple
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

7
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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Byodoin in Uji, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nara in May, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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: Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, & more), Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style, Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck, & more) and Fugan Unga Kansui Park (in Toyama). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Nomura Samurai House, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa road trip app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in May; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 25°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Fugan Unga Kansui Park, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 4:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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