32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Matsuyama
— 1 night
3
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
4
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
7
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
8
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
9
Shingu
— 2 nights
10
Katsura-cho
— 2 nights
11
Nara
— 3 nights
12
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
13
Matsumoto
— 3 nights


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2
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.
On the 31st (Tue), wander the streets of Dotombori District and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, thenstep into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning website.

Fukuoka to Osaka is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

1
night
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 2nd (Thu), examine the collection at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, thenstep into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, and finally make a trip to Okaido Shopping Street. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, admire the striking features of Bansuiso, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ehime Tobe Zoo, and finally see the interesting displays at Towel Museum.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Osaka to Matsuyama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Towel Museum, Ehime Tobe Zoo
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Thermal Spas
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji

3
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotohira-gu, admire the striking features of JR Kotohira Station, step into the grandiose world of Marugame Castle, thentake in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Kompira Shrine Omotesando, take in the views from Great Seto Bridge, thenstep into the grandiose world of Takamatsu Castle, thenadmire the natural beauty at Tamamo Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Takamasu Port.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Takamatsu trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho, Marugame Castle, Great Seto Bridge
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Marugame Castle ©
Marugame Castle

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
On the 6th (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along Uno Port, don't miss a visit to Naoshima Pavillion, don't miss a visit to Akakabocha, thenadmire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, thenadmire the striking features of Art House Project, and finally step off the mainland to explore Naoshima. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Omocha Okoku, don't miss a visit to Subaru Ishikawa Art Series, admire the masterpieces at Lee Ufan Art Museun, thensee the interesting displays at Ando Museum, thenadmire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, and finally visit Naoshima Bath.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Naoshima-cho trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tamano
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:
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Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Art House Project ©
Art House Project

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 8th (Wed), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, thenstroll through Miyajima, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour website.

Do a combination of ferry and train from Naoshima-cho to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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 10th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Sempiro Falls and then look for all kinds of wild species at Yakusugi Land. On your second day here, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, thendon't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kusukawa Tenmangu Shrine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho attractions planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, Yakushima-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Trails
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

2
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
On the 12th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, meet the residents at Kagoshima City Aquarium, thenget impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue, don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Tokusanhin Ichiba, make a trip to Kagoshima Chuo Station, thenget engrossed in the history at Chiran Peace Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Chiran Samurai Residence Garden.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip planning app.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Kagoshima when traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Minamikyushu
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:
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Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Shiroyama Observatory ©
Shiroyama Observatory

4
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima--about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stroll around Kabira Park, make a trip to Yaeyama-yashi of Yonehara, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kagoshima to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Kagoshima in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Shingu.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 18:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Shingu

Shingu ©
Shingū is a city located in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, thendon't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Shingu trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Ishigaki to Shingu with the Route module. Traveling from Ishigaki in April, things will get little chillier in Shingu: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Katsura-cho.

Things to do in Shingu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nachikatsura-cho
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:
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Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha

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nights
Katsura-cho

Katsura-cho ©
On the 20th (Mon), make a trip to Kashihara Rice Terraces. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Hiwasa Chelonian Museum Caretta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakuoji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tairyuji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kakurin-ji Temple, and finally stop by Yottene Market.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Katsura-cho vacation maker website.

Drive from Shingu to Katsura-cho in 6.5 hours. In April in Katsura-cho, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Katsura-cho

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Anan, Minami-cho, Tairyuji Ropeway, Kashihara Rice Terraces
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:
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Tairyuji Temple ©
Tairyuji Temple
Tairyuji Ropeway ©
Tairyuji Ropeway
Byodo-ji Temple ©
Byodo-ji Temple

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nara side-trips: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Iwakura Valley (in Iga) and Byodoin (in Uji). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Nara itinerary planner.

Drive from Katsura-cho to Nara in 3.5 hours. In April in Nara, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Chubu Park, Iwakura Valley, Byodoin
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Deai Bridge, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nara in April, Kanazawa is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Tue) before leaving for Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

3
nights
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.
You've now added Mount Fuji to your itinerary. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano) and Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort (in Hakuba-mura). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine, and admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Matsumoto online route maker.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mount Fuji, Zenko-ji Temple, Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 1:
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Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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