36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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36 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Tsumagoi-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Koya-cho
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
10
Himeji
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
11
Miyama
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
13
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
14
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
15
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Toronto

1
night
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.
To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel route website .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Tokyo is 14 hours. Traveling from Toronto in May, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. You'll set off for Nikko on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and then find something for the whole family at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinno-ji Temple, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then walk around Nikko National Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nikko trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in May: highs in Nikko hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Theme Parks Nature
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 11th (Mon), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Nikko to Hakone-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tsumagoi-mura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

1
night
Tsumagoi-mura

On the 12th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Karuizawa Toy Kingdom, then go for a walk through Onioshidashi Volcanic Park, and then take in panoramic vistas at Aisai no Oka. On the next day, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then cruise along Manza Highway.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Tsumagoi-mura trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tsumagoi-mura takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Hakone-machi in May, you will find days in Tsumagoi-mura are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Tsumagoi-mura

Theme Parks Baths Spas

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
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Onsen Resorts
Onioshidashi Volcanic Park ©
Onioshidashi Volcanic Park

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and finally look for gifts at Takayama Usagiya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Tsumagoi-mura to Takayama in 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Takayama are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Matsumoto Castle, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

2
nights
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Myozenji Temple and then see the interesting displays at Shirakawa Hachiman Shrine Festival Hall. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, steep yourself in history at Wada House, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then take in the views from Deai Bridge, and finally contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Shirakawa-mura trip planner .

Getting from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nanto
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Nagase house ©
Nagase house

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nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri (in Shika-machi) and Hakui (Myōjō-ji Temple & Chirihama Nagisa Driveway). There's much more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip app .

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakui, Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Danjo Garan, and finally steep yourself in history at Koyasan Daimon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Koyasan Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Tokugawa's Mausoleum, and finally don't miss a visit to Tanizeno Tsuribashi.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Koya-cho trip planner .

Drive from Kanazawa to Koya-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Koya-cho, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tanizeno Tsuribashi
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Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple.

Plan a Osaka trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Take a train from Koya-cho to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara Park
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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nights
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 26th (Tue): take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

Before you visit Himeji, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Osaka in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Okayama, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

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Miyama

Miyama ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Hakushu Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Yanagawa Ohana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Nagata Kosenjo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyama sightseeing site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Himeji to Miyama. Traveling from Himeji in May, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Miyama. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Yanagawa
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Yanagawa Ohana ©
Yanagawa Ohana

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nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, stop by Yamatoya Ebisucho Honten, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Miyama to Hiroshima by car takes about 4.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
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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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. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, make a trip to Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

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

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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.
Fujikawaguchiko-machi is known for nature, museums, parks, events, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, and find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kyoto in June, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are little chillier (23°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mount Fuji, Fuji-Q Highland, Fuji Subaru Line Osawa Carpark View Point
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, then contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, then shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kyoto Station Building. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa, then make a trip to Bamboo Forest Street, and then step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker site .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Uji, Nagoya Castle
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Philosopher's Walk ©
Philosopher's Walk

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