37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nikko
— 3 nights
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
6
Koya-cho
— 3 nights
7
Osaka
— 3 nights
8
Himeji
— 2 nights
9
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
10
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
11
Naha
— 3 nights

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Venture out of the city with trips to Minamigaoka Ranch (in Nasu-machi) and Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cryptomeria Avenue.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nikko travel route tool.

Calgary, Canada to Nikko is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 16 hours. Traveling from Calgary in August, you will find days in Nikko are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are much hotter (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Minamigaoka Ranch, Oya History Museum
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Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fujiyoshida (Nishiura, Shinsekai Kanpai Street, &more), Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Okuniwa Nature Park (in Narusawa-mura). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, don't miss a visit to Motosuko Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, and admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Hakone-machi, Mount Fuji, Okuniwa Nature Park, Mt. Ishiwari
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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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.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Tenshukakau Observatory, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Step out of Koya-cho to go to Totsukawa-mura and see Tanizeno Tsuribashi, which is approximately 46 minutes away.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Koya-cho trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Tanizeno Tsuribashi
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Experience YAMATO, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, relax and rejuvenate at SpaWorld, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, trek along Mt Shosha hiking, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway, don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square, then enjoy the sand and surf at Amore Beach, then get answers to all your questions at Awaji Highway Oasis, and finally make a trip to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip builder app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Awaji Highway Oasis, Amore Beach
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Museum). The adventure continues: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, enjoy some diversion at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online itinerary planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Tobishima Kaido
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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

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Iriomote-jima (Kanpiree Waterfall, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, get outside with Mt.Omotodake, enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki day trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in September, with highs in Ishigaki at 37°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Taketomi-cho, Nagomi Tower
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Cave Okinawa (in Uruma), Zamami-son (Gahi Island, Gahijima Sand Dune, &more) and Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Blue Cave). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers.

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Naha online route builder.

Getting from Ishigaki to Naha by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Zamami-son, Onna-son, Cave Okinawa, Kerama Islands
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
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Kerama Islands ©
Kerama Islands
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

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