38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Matsue
— 3 nights
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Okayama
— 3 nights
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Chitose
— Few hours
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Chitose
— Few hours
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Furano
— 2 nights
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Obihiro
— 3 nights
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Chitose
— 1 night

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Meguro River and Asakusa Samurai Ai Armor Experience. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Ginza, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and visit Odaiba District.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Tokyo is 16 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Edmonton in April, with highs in Tokyo at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 1:
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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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 in touch with nature at Mount Fuji and Sankodai. Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art & The Hakone Open-Air Museum) and Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online journey planner.

Traveling by bus from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fujiyoshida, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, and finally wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto trip tool.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Matsumoto, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School
Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum

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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 5th (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally savor the flavors at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, don't miss a visit to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Takayama road trip app.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 7th (Fri), explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kutaniyaki Kaburaki, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Tojimbo Cliff.

To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online vacation planner.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You'll set off for Hiroshima on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Tojimbo Cliff
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and then appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip site.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course and Fuuka-Kimono. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. You will leave for Osaka on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, then contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Osaka road trip app.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will leave for Matsue on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): walk around Lake Matsue Waterfront Park and then admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Buke Yashiki, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Matsue trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Matsue takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Matsue can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll set off for Okayama on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Izumo, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle

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Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter and Kibitsu Shrine. Ohara Museum of Art and Chichu Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Okayama side-trips: Naoshima-cho (Ando Museum & Naoshima), Mt. Washu (in Kurashiki) and Mt. Ojigadake (in Tamano). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, and explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Okayama trip itinerary website.

Drive from Matsue to Okayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chitose.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Naoshima-cho, Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, Mt. Ojigadake
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

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Chitose

Chitose
With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chitose trip planner.

Getting from Okayama to Chitose by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, Chitose is little chillier than Okayama - with highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C. You'll set off for Sapporo on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Chitose

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

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Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
You'll explore and learn at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Minapa. Escape the urban bustle at Okurayama Lookout and Otaru Canal. Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery (in Yoichi-cho) and Otaru (Otaru-shi General Museum & JR Otaru Station). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum, make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo route planner.

Drive from Chitose to Sapporo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Chitose in May, Sapporo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chitose.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Otaru, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu

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Chitose

Chitose
For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chitose online visit planner.

Getting from Sapporo to Chitose by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sapporo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Chitose, with lows of 7°C. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel to Furano.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:

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Furano

Furano ©
Situated in the center of the island, Furano has become known for its idyllic rural landscape, and the drastic changes it experiences as seasons shift.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): do a tasting at Furano Wine Factory, cruise along Roller Coaster Road, cruise along Ken & Mary Tree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Biei Shrine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: visit Goro's Stone House, see the interesting displays at Furabi, hit the slopes at Furano Ski Resort, then don't miss a visit to Ningle Terrace, and finally look for gifts at Furano Marche.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Furano trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Chitose to Furano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Furano sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Obihiro.

Things to do in Furano

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Kamifurano-cho
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Furano Ski Resort ©
Furano Ski Resort
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond
Biei Shrine ©
Biei Shrine

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Obihiro

Obihiro ©
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nakasatsunai Museum and Showa Natsukashikan. You'll explore and learn at Tokachi Agricultural Machinery Museum and Beet Museum. There's still lots to do: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the galleries of Tokachi Plaza, try your luck at Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track, and see the interesting displays at Obihiro Centennial City Museum.

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Traveling by car from Furano to Obihiro takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Furano, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Obihiro, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chitose.

Things to do in Obihiro

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Nakasatsunai Museum
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
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Tokachi Plaza ©
Tokachi Plaza
Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track ©
Banei Tokachi Obihiro Horse Race Track
Obihiro Shrine ©
Obihiro Shrine

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Chitose

On the 1st (Tue), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chitose trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Obihiro to Chitose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Obihiro in May, Chitose is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Chitose

Spas
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:
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Spas

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