32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Chitose
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
3
Obihiro
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Chitose
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Osaka
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
6
Okayama
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
7
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
9
Himeji
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
10
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
11
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
12
Takayama
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
13
Matsumoto
— Few hours
Train + Bus:  4 h 15 min
14
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
train:  2 h 30 min
15
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Edmonton

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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.
Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park has been added to your itinerary.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip itinerary maker site .

Edmonton, Canada to Sapporo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 16 hours. Traveling from Edmonton in May, expect nights in Sapporo to be somewhat warmer, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Chitose.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping Parks Museums
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
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Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum
Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine

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hours
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 find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chitose online trip itinerary maker .

Chitose is very close to Sapporo. Traveling from Sapporo in May, plan for little chillier nights in Chitose, with lows around 7°C. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Obihiro.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

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Obihiro

Obihiro
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Tokachigawa Onsen has been added to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Tokachigawa Onsen, explore the world behind art at Hokkaido Obihiro Museum Of Art, admire the striking features of Old Kawahara Residence, see the interesting displays at Tokachi Agricultural Machinery Museum, then examine the collection at Obihiro Centennial City Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Horse Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Obihiro trip maker app .

Getting from Chitose to Obihiro by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Chitose in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°C in Obihiro. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for Chitose.

Things to do in Obihiro

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shikaoi-cho, Tokachigawa Onsen, Nupukano Sato
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

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Chitose

Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, make a trip to Hokkaido Ramen Dojo, and then see the interesting displays at Snow Miku Sky Town.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chitose holiday maker app .

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, plan for slightly colder nights in Chitose, with lows around 7°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Chitose

Baths Parks Spas
Find places to stay May 9 — 10:
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Onsen Resorts

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hours
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.
To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Chitose to Osaka in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In May, Osaka is somewhat warmer than Chitose - with highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C. You will leave for Okayama on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:

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Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Okayama Kinshu Kaikan, hunt for treasures at Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi, examine the collection at Bizen Osafune Token Village, then take a peaceful walk through Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, and finally don't miss a visit to Asahikawa no Hotori.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Okayama trip tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Okayama

Museums Parks Baths

Side Trips

Setouchi, Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi, Kibi Plain Bicycle Route
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Orient Museum ©
Okayama Orient Museum
Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art ©
Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art

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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.
On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiramine Shrine, examine the collection at Kotohira-gu Shrine Omoteshoin, take an in-depth tour of Kotohira Municipal Historic Museum, then steep yourself in history at Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, then get outside with Tai no Esayari Taiken, and finally look for gifts at Kagawa Bussankan Ritsurinan.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Takamatsu trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Okayama to Takamatsu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho, Kyu Zentsujikaikosya
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kotohira-gu Shrine Omoteshoin ©
Kotohira-gu Shrine Omoteshoin
Shiramine Shrine ©
Shiramine Shrine

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Myoshinji Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jonangu Shrine and Kongorin-ji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Higashiomi (Hyakusai-ji Temple & Eigenji Temple), Saimyo-ji Temple (in Kora-cho) and Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple (in Kyotanabe). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Keage Incline, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mimurotoji Temple, examine the collection at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hiei.

Discover how to plan a Kyoto trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Takamatsu to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Uji, Higashiomi, Saimyo-ji Temple, Shuonan Ikkyuji Temple, Kongorin-ji Temple
Find places to stay May 15 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Unryuin ©
Unryuin
Kongorin-ji Temple ©
Kongorin-ji Temple

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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.
Before you visit Himeji, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. On the 21st (Thu), you're off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): head outdoors with Paddle Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyama Shrine. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Former Naval Academy, get outside with Tobishima Kaido, kick back and relax at Bay Side Beach Saka, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Saijotsuru Brewery, then visit Saijo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Saijohommachi History Square.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima vacation maker tool .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Higashihiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Former Naval Academy, Bay Side Beach Saka, Tobishima Kaido
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Former Naval Academy ©
Former Naval Academy
Miyama Shrine ©
Miyama Shrine

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Yatsuo no Machinami and Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kanazawa Phonograph Museum and Motorcar Museum of Japan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Ecchu Yatsuo Hikiyama Exhibition Pavilion (in Toyama), Sakai (Mikuni Sunset Beach & Hamaji Beach) and Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice (in Kaga). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple, stop by Sakuda Honten, admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum, and see the interesting displays at Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nanto, Toyama, Sakai, Motorcar Museum of Japan, Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Noh Museum ©
Kanazawa Noh Museum
Motorcar Museum of Japan ©
Motorcar Museum of Japan
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph 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.
To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Takayama attractions planning app .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Shopping Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Doshin Koji and then stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:

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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.
For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Matsumoto in May, plan for little chillier days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. You will leave for Tokyo on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fire Museum and Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at TOKYO Samurai Kembu and Ginza Itoya Hontren. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama (Soji-ji Temple & HARA Model Railway Museum). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, see the interesting displays at Nissan Crossing, admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Yokohama
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:
Highlights from your plan
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
TOKYO Samurai Kembu ©
TOKYO Samurai Kembu
Madame Tussauds Tokyo ©
Madame Tussauds Tokyo

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