33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner

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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Okayama
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 11 nights
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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.
Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, make a trip to Fukuoka Tower, get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, and admire the striking features of Hakata Station.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fukuoka travel route planner.

Detroit, USA to Fukuoka is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Detroit to Fukuoka. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in July; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 88°F and lows reach 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:

Okayama

— 3 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hiroshima (Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima Castle, &more) and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (in Kurashiki). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), and explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle.

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

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Okayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Okayama can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:

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.
Step out of Osaka with an excursion to Nara Park in Nara--about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Osaka online travel planner.

You can take a train from Okayama to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 1:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and stop by Arashiyama.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 7:

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 8th (Mon), make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya holiday maker app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Tokyo

— 11 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama), Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai). Have a day of magic on the 13th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker site.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 21:

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.