36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
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

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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.
For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in May, with highs in Tokyo at 28°C and lows at 19°C. You'll set off for Nikko on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:

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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.
Kick 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. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinno-ji Temple, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nikko National Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi online attractions planner.

Getting from Nikko to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tsumagoi-mura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Museums
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu

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Tsumagoi-mura

Tsumagoi-mura ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Karuizawa Toy Kingdom, go for a walk through Onioshidashi Volcanic Park, and then take in panoramic vistas at Aisai no Oka. On your second day here, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, head outdoors with Manza Highway, and then stop by Onioshi Highway.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tsumagoi-mura route planning site.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Tsumagoi-mura in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Hakone-machi in May, expect nights in Tsumagoi-mura to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Tsumagoi-mura

Theme Parks Baths Spas

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
Find places to stay May 12 — 13:
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Karuizawa Toy Kingdom ©
Karuizawa Toy Kingdom
Onsen Resorts
Onioshidashi Volcanic Park ©
Onioshidashi Volcanic Park

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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.
On the 14th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then stop by Sanmachi Suji, and finally stop by Takayama Usagiya. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, examine the collection 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 find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip maker website.

Getting from Tsumagoi-mura to Takayama by car takes about 4 hours. In May, daytime highs in Takayama are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Matsumoto Castle, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, steep yourself in history at Wada House, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then snap pictures at Deai Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Ainokura Gassho Community.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Shirakawa-mura online vacation planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Shirakawa-mura sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nanto
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri (in Shika-machi) and Hakui (Myōjō-ji Temple & Chirihama Nagisa Driveway). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakui, Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Kick 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 steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, and finally contemplate the long history of Koyasan Daimon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Koyasan Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Tokugawa's Mausoleum, and finally make a trip to Tanizeno Tsuribashi.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Koya-cho route planning website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Koya-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Koya-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tanizeno Tsuribashi
Find places to stay May 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick 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, wander the streets of Dotombori District, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple.

Start your trip to Osaka by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Take a train from Koya-cho to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara Park
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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.
On the 26th (Tue), take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, go for a walk through Himeji Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Himeji trip maker site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Miyama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Okayama, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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Miyama

Miyama ©
Miyama is a city located in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.As of April 30, 2017, the city has a population of 38,223 and a population density of 360 persons per km². On the 29th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Hakushu Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Yanagawa Ohana, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Nagata Kosenjo.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Miyama day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Himeji to Miyama with the Route module. Traveling from Himeji in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Miyama, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Yanagawa
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Yanagawa Ohana ©
Yanagawa Ohana

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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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and stop by Yamatoya Ebisucho Honten.

Plan trip to Hiroshima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Miyama to Hiroshima by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and visit Arashiyama.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 5:
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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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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.
When in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, make a side trip to see Fuji Subaru Line Osawa Carpark View Point in Narusawa-mura, approximately Narusawa-mura away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Fuji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, see the interesting displays at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi travel planner.

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 train. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fuji Subaru Line Osawa Carpark View Point, Mount Fuji, Fuji-Q Highland
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, then hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Katsura Imperial Villa, then don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street, and then step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in June, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (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
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District
Philosopher's Walk ©
Philosopher's Walk

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