39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Osaka
— 8 nights
2
Aizuwakamatsu
— 2 nights
3
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
4
Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
5
Hirosaki
— 3 nights
6
Nagoya
— 4 nights
7
Ise
— 3 nights
8
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
9
Takachiho-cho
— 1 day
10
Nichinan
— 1 night
11
Tokyo
— 6 nights

8
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tenryuji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kasuga Grand Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kyoto (Nijo Castle, Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, &more), Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Osaka online trip itinerary maker.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Osaka is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in April: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Koya-cho, Nara, Sakurai, Byodoin
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 25:
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
nights
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): appreciate the views at Bandai Kogen, contemplate the long history of Hanitsu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Place Where Byakkotai Members Committed Suicide, then explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, and finally explore the galleries of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Koriyama Nunobiki Kaze no Kogen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko, then go for a walk through Noguchi Hideyo Seishun Street, and finally contemplate the long history of Kaihi Clinic Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aizuwakamatsu road trip site.

Fly from Osaka to Aizuwakamatsu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect Aizuwakamatsu to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Inawashiro-machi, Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko, Koriyama Nunobiki Kaze no Kogen
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
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Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko ©
Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko
Hanitsu Shrine ©
Hanitsu Shrine

1
night
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
On the 28th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Sankozo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, and finally contemplate the long history of Motsu-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiraizumi-cho day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Hiraizumi-cho takes 3.5 hours. In April in Hiraizumi-cho, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 28:
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Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya

4
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Kids will enjoy Mt. Yotei and Nitonupuri. Escape the urban bustle at Niseko Hanazono Resort and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Kutchan-cho side-trips: Tomioka Catholic Church (in Otaru), Toyako Volcano Science Museum (in Toyako-cho) and Shinsennuma (in Kyowa-cho). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place, do some two-wheel cruising with White Isle Niseko, admire the natural beauty at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kagaminuma.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho attractions planning app.

Explore your travel options from Hiraizumi-cho to Kutchan-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Hiraizumi-cho in April, you will find days in Kutchan-cho are little chillier (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hokkaido Backcountry Club, Tomioka Catholic Church, Mt. Yotei, Toyako Volcano Science Museum, Shinsennuma
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:
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Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma

3
nights
Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Kids will enjoy Hirosaki Castle and Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Iwaki Lifts and Koganezaki. Get out of town with these interesting Hirosaki side-trips: Aomori (Hakkodasan Snow March Distress Museum & Aomori Asamushi Aquarium). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saishoin Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Shirakami Sanchi, and steep yourself in history at Western Style Architecture.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hirosaki trip maker website.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Kutchan-cho to Hirosaki in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kutchan-cho in May: highs in Hirosaki hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Aomori, Shirakami Sanchi, Koganezaki
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:
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Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Aomori Asamushi Aquarium ©
Aomori Asamushi Aquarium
Choshoji Temple ©
Choshoji Temple

4
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get a sense of the local culture at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Little World. Escape the urban bustle at Yamazaki River and Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Naegi Castle Ruins (in Nakatsugawa), Saimyo-ji Temple (in Kora-cho) and Kokeizan Eihoji Temple (in Tajimi). There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Arimatsu no Machinami, examine the collection at Antarctic Research Ship Fuji, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eigenji Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Nagoya holiday maker app.

Traveling by flight from Hirosaki to Nagoya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nagoya when traveling from Hirosaki in May, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naegi Castle Ruins, Eigenji Temple, Saimyo-ji Temple, Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
Find places to stay May 5 — 9:
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Nagoya City Science Museum ©
Nagoya City Science Museum

3
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ise Shrine Geku and Jingu Chokokan Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Toba Aquarium and Hinjitsukan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ise: Soni Highland (in Soni-mura), Takinomiya (in Taiki-cho) and Izawanomiya (in Shima). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine and steep yourself in history at Aramatsurinomiya.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ise sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Nagoya to Ise in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. May in Ise sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Soni Highland, Takinomiya, Toba Aquarium, Izawanomiya
Find places to stay May 9 — 12:
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Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land. On the next day, examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaku Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ise to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

1
day
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho sightseeing website.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nichinan.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine

1
night
Nichinan

Nichinan ©
Tourism in Nichinan, a town on Japan's southernmost island of Kyushu, flourishes thanks to the scenic Nichinan-Kaigan coastline, a stretch of secluded coves, islands, and tranquil beaches.
On the 16th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Udo Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Obijyo Castle Ruins, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sakamoto Rice Terrace, then steep yourself in history at Former Residence of Jutaro Komura, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Ito Denzaemon House.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nichinan online road trip planner.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Nichinan by car takes about 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Nichinan can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nichinan

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Udo Shrine ©
Udo Shrine
Obijyo Castle Ruins ©
Obijyo Castle Ruins
Sakamoto Rice Terrace ©
Sakamoto Rice Terrace

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.
Bring the kids along to Senso-ji Temple and Chidorigafuchi. Get some historical perspective at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Asakusa Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja (in Fujiyoshida), Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), &more) and Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and stroll through Kitanomaru Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nichinan to Tokyo. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Semba Boadwalk, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, Naritasan Omote Sando, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay May 16 — 23:
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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