38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Nakatsugawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kurobe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 9 nights
Drive
8
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shizu-Kokoro Urasenke Chado (The Way of Tea) School, Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), Yanaka Cemetery Park, and other attractions you added. Your inner history buff will appreciate Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Family-friendly places like Kencho-ji Temple and Senso-ji Temple will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hokoku-ji Temple Bamboo Grove). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to KidZania Tokyo, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker site.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Melbourne in October, with lows around 18°C. You will leave for Kyoto on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 15:

Kyoto

— 6 nights
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've added Shinkyogoku Shopping District, Teramachi, Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nanzen-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Bring the kids along to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Toshodai-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Daigo-ji Temple.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary app.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

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Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Nakatsugawa

— 3 nights
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology as well as Nakasendo Magome-juku. Popular historic sites such as Stone Pavement In Ochiai and Eishoji Temple are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Nakatsugawajuku and Masugata Waterwheel. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Naegi Castle Ruins, see the interesting displays at Magome Wakihonjin Museum, take an in-depth tour of Toson Memorial Museum, and find something for the whole family at Chicory Village.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nakatsugawa journey planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nakatsugawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You'll set off for Kanazawa on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Natadera Temple and Suganuma Gassho Community. Attractions like Maruoka Castle and Kakusenkei Gorge make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Nichiyo Shrine (in Komatsu) and Nanto (Gyotoku-ji Temple, Gokayama, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church, and contemplate the long history of Rokuto no Hiromi.

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Traveling by car from Nakatsugawa to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Traveling from Nakatsugawa in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Kanazawa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Kurobe.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:

Kurobe

— 3 nights
You've now added Kurobe Gorge Railway to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): snap pictures at Yamabiko Bridge, take a memorable tour with Kurobe Gorge Railway, and then get engrossed in the history at Kurobegawa River Electricity Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Higashi Mikkaichi Station Ekisha, take an in-depth tour of Unazuki Hometown Museum Yukakukan, then take in the dramatic natural features at Shinyamabiko Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi-ji Temple, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kurobe holiday builder website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kurobe by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Kurobe

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
Highlights from your trip

Nikko

— 9 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park as well as Nikko Tosho-gu. Get outdoors at Kegon Falls and Nasu Highlands. Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Onsenji Temple will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushido, and take in the views from Kinu Tateiwa Otsuribashi (Suspension bridge).

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kurobe to Nikko takes 5.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will leave for Matsumoto on the 9th (Mon).

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 9:

Matsumoto

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Larch Forests In Kamikochi area as well as Kamikochi Tourism Center. Get some cultural insight at Kaichi Gakko Primary School and Matsumoto Castle. Get some historical perspective at Fukashi Shrine and Matsumoto Shrine. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Zengoro Fall, head outdoors with Karasawa Carl, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum, and admire the engineering at Nagawado Dam.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Matsumoto day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in November, Matsumoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:

Takayama

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Wada House, then contemplate the long history of Kanda house, then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally take in the views from Deai Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama day trip planner.

Drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.