36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Bus to Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Exit, Train to Nagano
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Nagano
— 4 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or ChIJM1N_BMKOGGARZ0DHgTj9hHw. Visiting Enoshima Island and ►► Withlocals™ - Local Private Tours 🇯🇵 will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Hachioji to see Mt. Takao about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo vacation planner.

Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Billund in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Fuji and Fujinomiya Route. Shop till you drop at Gotemba Premium Outlets and Mountaineering Gear Rental Shop La Mont. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Kengamine (in Fujinomiya) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Lake Kawaguchi, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

Nagano

— 4 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Do your shopping at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza and MIDORI Nagano. Get in touch with nature at Snow Monkey Resorts and Lake Kagami. Explore Nagano's surroundings by going to Daio Wasabi Farm (in Azumino), Harunire Terrace (in Karuizawa-machi) and Usui Daisan Kyoryo Bridge (in Annaka). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagano road trip planner.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nagano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October, Nagano is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagano

Shopping · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Takayama driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Takayama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Takayama sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Kyoto Round Trip Trail, Kitayama Course East Route and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Kimono Atelier Akane. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 31:

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotombori District or Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:

Himeji

— 3 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Ritsuun Gorge and Himeji Central Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets (in Kobe) and Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Himeji tour itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Himeji, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Take a break from the city and head to Miyajima and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo & Itsukushima Shrine). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima travel planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:

Fukuoka

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center and Fukuoka Washita Shop. Get in touch with nature at Chimachibo Park and Nokonoshima Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Dazaifu Tenman-gu (in Dazaifu) and Mifuneyama Rakuen (in Takeo). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and explore the activities along Naka River.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In November in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.