32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
6
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki — 1 night

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Megane Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki day trip app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Nagasaki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Nagasaki is 7 hours. When traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for much colder days in Nagasaki, with highs around 13°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Tokyo.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:

Tokyo — 5 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Have a day of magic on the 8th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Akihabara, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.
Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Tours
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 8:

Hakone-machi — 4 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by combination of train and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (8°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Kanazawa.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:

Kanazawa — 3 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip website.

Traveling by flight from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto attractions planning website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Koya-cho.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:

Koya-cho — 2 nights

On the 21st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and finally contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eko-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saito, then take in the awesome beauty at Katsuragi Highlands, and finally pick up some local products at Kannonyama Fruits Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Koya-cho online vacation planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Tsudoshiroyama Ancient Tomb (in Fujiidera) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, see the top attractions with Photoguider-Japan, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 4°C in Osaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.
Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Himeji — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, then steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Hiroshima — 4 nights

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: Momijidani Park (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, enjoy some diversion at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour app.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

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.