32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 16 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) and Kanda Myojin. Get outdoors at Enoshima Island and National Maritime Research Institute. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Kamakura Hiking Trails & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine), Enoshima Iwaya Caves (in Fujisawa) and Kiyose Sunflower Farm (in Kiyose). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, take a stroll through Ueno District, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, and explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo travel planner.

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Tokyo is 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in June: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 29:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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 30th (Fri), walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnology, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sakuya Konohanakan, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Koshien History Museum, see the interesting displays at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), then examine the collection at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:

Kyoto

— 16 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'll explore and learn at Kyoto Railway Museum and Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art. Step off the beaten path and head to Gio-ji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Hata Rice Terraces (in Takashima), Nagahama (Biwako Waterfowl Wetland Center & Hayazaki Biotop) and Uji (Mimurotoji Temple, Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 17:

Nara

— 5 nights

Ancient City

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.
Nara National Museum and Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nigatsu-do Temple and Nara Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai), Asuka-mura (Asuka-dera Temple & Asuka-mura Maizo Bunkazai Exhibit) and Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall (in Nabari). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, and see the interesting displays at Nara Craft Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nara driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:

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.