32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Sapporo

— 4 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu Date Historic Village & Jigokudani). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, wander the streets of Susukino, and steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sapporo attractions planner.

New Delhi, India to Sapporo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Sapporo, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in September, expect nights in Sapporo to be little chillier, around 20°C, while days are much colder, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
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: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sapporo in October; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:

Matsumoto

— 3 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano) and Mt. Nagamine (in Azumino). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, gear up at Hanakomichi, relax and rejuvenate at Zuisho Matsumotokan, and gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kanazawa in October: highs in Matsumoto hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo attractions planning website.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Matsumoto in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
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 16th (Sat): get great views at Hakone Ropeway, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then laugh and play at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and visit Arashiyama.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Fly from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in October: highs in Kyoto hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:

Himeji

— 1 night
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 23rd (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima vacation maker.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Nagasaki

— 1 night

City of Peace

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 27th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki travel route tool.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. October in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

Ishigaki

— 4 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. Spend 29th (Fri) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki travel planning tool.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. In October, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer than Nagasaki - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.