34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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34 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
3
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Minamioguni-machi
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h
6
Naha
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
7
Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
8
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
9
Okayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Naoshima-cho
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Bus + Train:  3​h
11
Kobe
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Shimamoto-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Miyazu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
15
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
17
Hokuto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
18
Fuji
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
19
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari, The Tsukiji Market and Shinjuku Golden Gai. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Tsukiji Market, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills), and finally take a stroll through Shinjuku Golden Gai. On the next day, take a stroll through Ueno and then take a stroll through Kitchen Town (Kappabashi).

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tokyo trip simple and quick.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 49°F. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Baths Spas Neighborhoods
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Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari ©
Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Ueno ©
Ueno

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery has been added to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Fukuoka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in November, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Breweries & Distilleries Tours
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Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery ©
Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery

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nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip app .

You can drive from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. November in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium ©
Nagasaki Penguin Aquarium
Glover Sky Road
Glover Sky Road

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Minamioguni-machi

Minamioguni-machi ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Takachiho Gorge and Kusasenri. Explore Minamioguni-machi's surroundings by going to Aso Mizuki Meguri (in Aso), Taketa (Mt. Kuju & Kuju Highland) and Kokonoe-machi (Chojabaru Visitor Center & Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi Bridge).

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Minamioguni-machi holiday maker website .

Getting from Nagasaki to Minamioguni-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Minamioguni-machi when traveling from Nagasaki in November, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho, Aso, Kokonoe-machi, Taketa, Ikeyama Springs
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:
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Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

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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.
You've now added Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, make a trip to Kawakamisugi, then snap pictures at Kosugidani Bridge, and finally admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary website .

Explore your travel options from Minamioguni-machi to Yakushima-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Minamioguni-machi in December, expect Yakushima-cho to be a bit warmer, temps between 60°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

1
night
Naha

Naha
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Naha road trip app .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Naha by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in December: high temperatures in Naha hover around 70°F and lows are around 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Wed) before leaving for Motobu-cho.
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

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Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
You've now added Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and then don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho road trip planner .

Getting from Naha to Motobu-cho by car takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Naha in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Motobu-cho, with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kouri Ohashi
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road

1
night
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 8th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and finally don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): explore the activities along Motoyasu River and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, things will get little chillier in Hiroshima: highs are around 52°F and lows about 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Nature
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Motoyasu River ©
Motoyasu River

1
night
Okayama

Okayama
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Okayama trip planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Okayama can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. You'll set off for Naoshima-cho on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ojigadake and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shibukawa Marine Aquariums (Tamano City Marine Museum).

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Naoshima-cho online route planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Okayama to Naoshima-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Naoshima-cho can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Tamano
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Naoshima Bath ©
Naoshima Bath

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hours
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kobe road trip app .

Getting from Naoshima-cho to Kobe by combination of ferry, bus, and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Shimamoto-cho.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)

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Shimamoto-cho

Shimamoto-cho ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Suntory Yamazaki Distillery.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Shimamoto-cho attractions app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kobe to Shimamoto-cho. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Miyazu.

Things to do in Shimamoto-cho

Breweries & Distilleries Tours
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Highlights from your plan
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery ©
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

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nights
Miyazu

Miyazu ©
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Amanohashidate. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Kanabiki Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Kyu Mikamiye House, then stroll through Shirai Omachi Fuji Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Takeda Castle Ruins.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Miyazu tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Shimamoto-cho to Miyazu in 2 hours. While traveling from Shimamoto-cho, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Miyazu, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Asago, Ine no Funaya
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Kasamatsu Park ©
Kasamatsu Park
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, then make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, then take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninna-ji Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online vacation planner .

You can drive from Miyazu to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Miyazu in December, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
On the 16th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsuruma Park. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hisaya Odori Park, then buy something for everyone on your list at JR Central Towers, then wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya road trip app .

Getting from Kyoto to Nagoya by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in December, you will find days in Nagoya are little chillier (46°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Tue) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruma Park ©
Tsuruma Park
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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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.
On the 18th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, sample the tasty concoctions at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, and then get engrossed in the history at Takayama Showa Museum. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Hida Bussankan, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, then admire the striking features of Yoshijima Heritage House, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Takayama, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hokuto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakabe Dozogai
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Wine Tours & Tastings
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

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Hokuto

Hokuto ©
The small city of Hokuto sits amid some big scenery.
For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hokuto travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Takayama to Hokuto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 32°F in Hokuto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Hokuto

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fuji-Q Highland, Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

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Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll through Fuji no Kuni Tagonoura Minato Park, admire the sheer force of Odana Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwamoto, and finally take some stellar pictures from Kengamine.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fuji trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Hokuto to Fuji by car takes about 2 hours. In December, Fuji is a bit warmer than Hokuto - with highs of 52°F and lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kengamine
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Fuji no Kuni Tagonoura Minato Park ©
Kengamine ©
Kengamine

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the next day, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, then explore and take pictures at Ryogoku Kokugikan, and then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Fuji to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Fuji in December, plan for little chillier nights in Tokyo, with lows around 39°F. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Ryogoku Kokugikan ©
Ryogoku Kokugikan
Rikugien Garden ©
Rikugien Garden

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