34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Glover Garden.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki online sightseeing planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Nagasaki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In November, Nagasaki is a bit warmer than Copenhagen - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, relax and rejuvenate at Hiroshima Stretch, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima route planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:

Himeji

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (in Kurashiki), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Tendaki Falls (in Yabu). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Himeji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:

Kyoto

— 7 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: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 15:

Kanazawa

— 4 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 (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:

Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Itajiki Valley (in Kofu). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Fuji, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and browse the exhibits of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi online trip maker.

Fly from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 29th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday app.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (14°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 31:

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.