36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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36 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Okayama
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1 h 30 min
5
Yamaguchi
— 2 nights
train:  2 h 30 min
6
Shimonoseki
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
7
Hagi
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
8
Matsue
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
9
Tottori
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
Toyooka
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h
11
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h
End: San Francisco


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4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and stop by Akihabara.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip app.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Himeji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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.
On the 1st (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en and then don't miss a visit to Otemae Street. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Himeji takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 52°F. You will leave for Okayama on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Okayama: Takamatsu (Takamasu Port & Ritsurin Garden) and Kurashiki (Great Seto Bridge, Ohara Museum of Art, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, relax in the rural setting at Kibi Farm Pika Pika, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Okayama trip builder app.

You can take a train from Himeji to Okayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Okayama, with lows of 44°F. On the 6th (Fri), you'll travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Takamatsu
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

4
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: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Itsukushima Shrine). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip builder.

You can take a train from Okayama to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 49°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Yamaguchi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mazda Museum
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

2
nights
Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi ©
Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rurikoji Temple, and then make a trip to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Omura Masujiro Birth House, then make a trip to Hofu tenman-gu, then Head underground at Akiyoshido, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yamaguchi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Yamaguchi takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Yamaguchi can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Shimonoseki.

Things to do in Yamaguchi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mine, Hofu tenman-gu
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:
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Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church ©
Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church
Akiyoshido ©
Akiyoshido
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda

2
nights
Shimonoseki

Shimonoseki ©
A bustling port town noted as the site of two major battles in Japan's history, Shimonoseki also attracts gourmands as the world capital of the potentially poisonous pufferfish, or fugu--prepared only by licensed chefs and considered a delicacy.
On the 12th (Thu), make a trip to Kokura Station Building, wander the streets of Mojiko Retro, and then snap pictures at Blue Wing Moji. On your second day here, visit Karato market, stop by Kamonwharf, make a trip to St. Francis Xavier Shimonoseki Jorikunoji, then take in the views from Tsunoshimao Bridge, and finally step off the mainland to explore Tsunoshima.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Shimonoseki trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Yamaguchi to Shimonoseki in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Shimonoseki are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. You will leave for Hagi on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Shimonoseki

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Kitakyushu
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:
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Tsunoshima ©
Tsunoshima
Tsunoshimao Bridge ©
Tsunoshimao Bridge
Mojiko Retro ©
Mojiko Retro

2
nights
Hagi

Hagi ©
A quiet castle town with a wealth of historic sites, Hagi draws visitors with its solid collection of traditional Japanese architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kikuya Family Residence and then make a trip to Hagi Castle Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Ryuguno Shiofuki, then don't miss a visit to Motonosumi Shrine, then take some stellar pictures from Senjojiki, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokoji Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hagi travel planning site.

Drive from Shimonoseki to Hagi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Hagi sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Matsue.

Things to do in Hagi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nagato
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:
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Shoin Shrine ©
Shoin Shrine
Hagi Castle Town ©
Hagi Castle Town
Motonosumi Shrine ©
Motonosumi Shrine

3
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rokusho Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sada Shrine, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally see the interesting displays at Gogin Karakoro Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsue trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hagi to Matsue takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Matsue, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 47°F at night. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tottori.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Adachi Museum of Art, Shinji Lake
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:
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Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine

5
nights
Tottori

Tottori
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Explore Tottori's surroundings by going to Kurayoshi (Ibuki Park, Shirakabe Dozogun Akagawara, &more), Misasa-cho (Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple & Yakushi-do) and Shinonsen-cho (Yumechiyokan, Arayu, &more). The adventure continues: get great views at Tottori Sand Dunes, pause for some photo ops at Conan Bronze Statue, don't miss a visit to Tottori Castle Ruins, and see the interesting displays at Tottori Karo Kanikkokan.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tottori trip maker app.

You can take a train from Matsue to Tottori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Toyooka.

Things to do in Tottori

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shinonsen-cho, Hokuei-cho, Kurayoshi, Misasa-cho, Hayabusa Station
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 24:
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Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple
Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple
Tottori Sand Dunes ©
Tottori Sand Dunes
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum

2
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shisho Shrine, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Genbudo Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork, then don't miss a visit to Izushi Castle Town, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Izushi Brewery.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Toyooka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tottori to Toyooka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Toyooka can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
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Genbudo Park ©
Genbudo Park
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Onsen Resorts

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Explore Tokyo further: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder app.

You can take a train from Toyooka to Tokyo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 1:
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple