38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

Whitney Foster

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1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 6 nights
4
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
6
Himeji
— 4 nights
7
Kyoto
— 9 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Samuraikibun Kamakura), The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

Plan trip to Tokyo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Phoenix, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 16 hour difference. In October, Tokyo is slightly colder than Phoenix - with highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kamakura, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 31:
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen) (in Fujiyoshida), Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura) and Fujinomiya (Fujisanhongusengen Shrine Okumiya & Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Fuji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., and don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are slightly colder, around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen), Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

6
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: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Awara Onsen Ashiyu (in Awara) and Aratama Valley (in Komatsu). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip maker.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Kaga, Maruoka Castle, Himi Banyagai
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 9:
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Glover Garden, walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park, and stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Nagasaki in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nagasaki when traveling from Kanazawa in November, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Nagao Castle Park
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

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 Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), MIyoshi Sports Park Asobi no Okoku (in Miyoshi) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, MIyoshi Sports Park Asobi no Okoku
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima
Miyajima

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 Himeji's surroundings by going to Tomita Chausuyama Tomb (in Sanuki), Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu) and Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, identify plant and animal life at Hattoji Furusatomura, and take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Himeji itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Okayama, Tomita Chausuyama Tomb, Shikoku Mura Village, Hattoji Furusatomura
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 20:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

9
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 (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more), Kyuan-ji Temple (in Ikeda) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto route planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Kyuan-ji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 29:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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