32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Nara
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Kamakura
— 7 nights

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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.
Zojo-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Hozomon and Nezu Shrine. Change things up with a short trip to Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Koganei (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets, see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, and steep yourself in history at Toshogu Shrine.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip site.

Incheon, South Korea to Tokyo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, train, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Incheon in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 18°C in Tokyo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

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Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kawasaki Good Times World and Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Tekijuku. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kobe (UCC Coffee Museum & Mt. Maya). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple, and get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka vacation planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trip

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Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kawasaki Good Times World ©
Kawasaki Good Times World

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Nara

Nara ©

Ancient City

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.
Get some historical perspective at Nigatsu-do Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Visiting Naramachi Johokan and NaraKimono Rental Fuji will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Isonokami Jingu (in Tenri), Asuka-dera Temple (in Asuka-mura) and Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, explore the galleries of Nara National Museum, and contemplate the long history of Naramachi Koshino Ie.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Nara driving holiday app.

Getting from Osaka to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Side Trips

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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Beer Tastings & Tours and Nishi Honganji. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Shopping
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore hidden gems such as Mazda Museum and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Do your shopping at Schmoe House and Fukuya Hiroshima Ekimae. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (To no Oka, Senjokaku, &more), JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Former Naval Academy (in Etajima). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame.

Planning Hiroshima trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trips

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

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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 24th (Sat): make a trip to Himeji Castle, look for gifts at Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, then see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Tegarayama Exchange Station, admire the landmark architecture of Hiromine Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, then admire the masterpieces at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Piole Himeji.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Himeji

Side Trip

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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Kashima Shrine ©
Kashima Shrine

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Kamakura

Kamakura ©

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hase-dera Temple and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Enoshima Sea Candle and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Explore Kamakura's surroundings by going to Yabitsu Pass (in Hadano), Yokosuka (Yokosuka Museum of Art & Higashi Kano Shrine) and Isehara (Oyama Afuri Shrine & Hojobo Hinatayakushi Temple). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, kick back and relax at Southern Beach Chigasaki, contemplate the long history of Inamuragasaki, and whizz through the canopy at Tree Cross Adventure Atsugi Nanasawa.

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You can do a combination of train and subway from Himeji to Kamakura in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Himeji in October, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kamakura

Side Trips

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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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