36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
2
Naha
— 3 nights
3
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
7
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
8
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
9
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
10
Tokyo
— 5 nights

3
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, walk around Kabira Park, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Ishigaki reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal
Banna Park ©
Banna Park

3
nights
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.
Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Motobu-cho (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Tropical Dream Center, &more), Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son) and Nakijin-son (Aiai Farm, Nakijin Castle Ruins, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and get your game on at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Naha tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Naha takes 3.5 hours. In December in Naha, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son, Cape Manzamo
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kagoshima: Kirishima (Mt. Shinmoe, Kirishima Shrine, &more), Onsen Resorts (in Ibusuki) and Tadamoto Park (in Isa). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sengan-en, contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, admire the natural beauty at Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park, and explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip planner.

Fly from Naha to Kagoshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. While traveling from Naha, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Kagoshima, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kirishima, Minamikyushu, Onsen Resorts, Tadamoto Park
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
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Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

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 Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Kagoshima to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, thenadmire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, thenrelax in the rural setting at Sato Fruit Kobo, and then walk around Kunimi no Mori Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji trip maker app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Himeji are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sato Fruit Kobo, Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Kunimi no Mori Park
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Jishu Shrine (in Otsu), Dotombori (Dotombori District & Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip app.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

4
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan)) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, visit Higashichaya Old Town, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Yachiya Sake Brewery, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa holiday maker site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Kanazawa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort (in Kiso-machi), Mt. Nagamine (in Azumino) and Hakuba-mura (Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park & Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, and see the interesting displays at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan).

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in December, expect Matsumoto to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura, Okaya, Kiso Fukushima Ski Resort, Zenko-ji Temple, Mt. Nagamine
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Fujinomiya (Fujinomiya Route & Kusushi Shrine), Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck (in Yamanakako-mura) and Gotemba City Library (in Gotemba). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, stroll through Mount Fuji, savor the flavors at Fujiyama Sushi-Making Tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi route maker website.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Fujikawaguchiko-machi when traveling from Matsumoto in December, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Nishiura, Mount Fuji, Gotemba City Library
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck

5
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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the striking features of Imperial Palace.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo holiday site.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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