36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train
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Mito
— 2 nights
Train
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Sendai
— 3 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Tsu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 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 the city and head to Tokyo Gaijins - Day Tours and Meguro River. Do your shopping at Ginza and Takeshita Street. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planning site.

Billum, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Billum in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mito.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 30:

Mito

— 2 nights
Quaint and historic, Mito serves as the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, once a castle town and stronghold for the Edo-period Mito clan.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Semba Boadwalk, admire the natural beauty at Kairakuen Park, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kobuntei. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oarai Isosaki Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nakaminato Fish Market, and then get to know the fascinating history of Kodokan Park.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mito day trip app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Mito in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Mito, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Mito

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:

Sendai

— 3 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kawamachi Terasu Yuriage and Sunmall Ichibancho. Step out of Sendai to go to Ogawara-machi and see Shiroishigawa Embankment Hitome Sembonzakura, which is approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Sendai Station, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, pause for some photo ops at Zuihoden, and buy something for everyone on your list at S-Pal Sendai.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sendai route site.

Traveling by car from Mito to Sendai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Mito, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Sendai, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Sendai

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 4:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 4 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Shop till you drop at Farmers Market Oranche and Hokusai-kan. Get in touch with nature at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort. When in Yamanouchi-machi, make a side trip to see Snow Monkey Resorts in Nagano, approximately Nagano away. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area, stroll through Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Sendai to Yamanouchi-machi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sendai in April since evenings lows in Yamanouchi-machi dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 8:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then kick back and relax at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and then explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa online trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Fuuka-Kimono. Get outdoors at Mt. Takao and Nishiyasma Cource, The KYOTO TRAIL. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and admire all the interesting features of Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Osaka

— 3 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.
Head to Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Streetfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka driving holiday planning website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

Hatsukaichi

— 2 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): look for gifts at Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): make a trip to Gojuno To and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen.

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

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hatsukaichi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tsu.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

Tsu

— 2 nights
Tsu is the capital city of Mie Prefecture, Japan.As of August 2015, the city had an estimated population of 279,304 and a population density of 393 persons per km2. On the 19th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Mie Prefectural Museum, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then contemplate the long history of Tsujo Ato. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, and then make a trip to Oharai-machi.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tsu day trip planner.

Drive from Hatsukaichi to Tsu in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hatsukaichi in April: highs in Tsu hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tsu

Historic Sites · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 20:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, then identify plant and animal life at Momiji Tunnel, and finally stroll through Sankodai.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tsu to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Tsu in April, expect Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be slightly colder, temps between 15°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Shop till you drop at Pola Museum of Art and Gotemba Premium Outlets. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Take a break from Hakone-machi with a short trip to Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park in Gotemba, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

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

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.