35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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35 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: La Rochelle
Fly + Drive:  27 h
1
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Miyoshi
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
7
Okayama
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
8
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
9
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
10
Nara
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
11
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
12
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: La Rochelle

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura. On the next day, head outdoors with Mt Shosha hiking, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Himeji day trip site.

La Rochelle, France to Himeji is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from La Rochelle to Himeji, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Rochelle in avril, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Himeji, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

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Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In avril, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Fukuoka side-trips: Soeda-machi (Mt. Hiko, Hoheiden, &more), Koishiwarayaki Traditional Industry Plaza (in Toho-mura) and Kumamoto (Kato Shrine, Kumamoto Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, stroll through Komyozen-ji Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Fukuoka online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In avril, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Soeda-machi, Kumamoto, Dazaifu, Komenoyama Obsevatory, Koishiwarayaki Traditional Industry Plaza
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:
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Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, get impressive views of Sakurajima, then admire the striking features of Kagoshima Prefectural Government Commemoration Hall, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Senganen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Chiran Heiwa Park, take an in-depth tour of Chiran Peace Museum, then make a trip to Kareigawa Station, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory.

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Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kagoshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In avril, daily temperatures in Kagoshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Minamikyushu, Kareigawa Station
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:
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Senganen ©
Senganen
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

2
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 26th (Sun), get your game on at Kururin, explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, stop by Dogo Onsengai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, then make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock, and finally make a trip to Shinrokaku. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Garyu Sanso, then make a trip to Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, then don't miss a visit to Kamihayashi Mizunomoto Somen-nagashi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishiyama Koryuji Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama attractions planner.

You can fly from Kagoshima to Matsuyama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. In avril, daytime highs in Matsuyama are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Baths

Side Trips

Nishiyama Koryuji Temple, Kamihayashi Mizunomoto Somen-nagashi, Streets in Yokaichi-Gokoku Areas, Garyu Sanso
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 27:
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock

2
nights
Miyoshi

Miyoshi ©
A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
On the 28th (Tue), admire the striking features of Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, contemplate the long history of Kotohira-gu, and then make a trip to Kotohiragu shrine office. On the next day, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the views from Iya Kazura Bridge, then explore the activities along Oboke Koboke, then appreciate the views at Shiozuka Highland, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Unbenji Temple.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyoshi trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Miyoshi in 2 hours. avril in Miyoshi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kotohira-cho, Kyu Zentsujikaikosya
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 29:
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Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Kotohiragu shrine office ©
Kotohiragu shrine office
Iya Kazura Bridge ©
Iya Kazura Bridge

2
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, and finally browse the collection at Okayama Prefectural Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kuma, and then hunt for treasures at Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Okayama trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Miyoshi to Okayama in 2 hours. In avril, daytime highs in Okayama are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Bizen
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church, make a trip to Nunohiki River Valley, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Ishoan. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism, then admire the verdant scenery at Mukogawa Valley, then get outside with Royu Driveway, and finally walk around Shukugawa Park.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kobe online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Okayama in mai since evenings lows in Kobe dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hyogo Prefecture, Shukugawa Park, The Royal Grand Hall of Buddhism
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
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Catholic Kobe Chuo Church ©
Catholic Kobe Chuo Church
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka attractions tool.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. When traveling from Kobe in mai, plan for somewhat warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Koya-cho
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

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.
Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Iwakura Valley (in Iga), Byodoin (in Uji) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nara travel planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Osaka in mai, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nara, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ishitera Tea Plantation, Iwakura Valley, Jindoji Temple, Byodoin, Chubu Park
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

5
nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nara in mai, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online holiday planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In mai, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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