32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 4 nights
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
7
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo journey maker website.

San Diego, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Diego to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in January, with highs in Tokyo at 50°F and lows at 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:

Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 26th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, then contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and finally stop by Nugoo, Ninotorii. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Enoshima Sea Candle, then step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Samukawa Shrine, and finally walk around Azumayama Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kamakura trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Kamakura are a bit cooler (39°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Mt.Omotodake, and stroll around Kabira Park.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki road trip app.

You can fly from Kamakura to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Kamakura in January: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 70°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:

Naha

— 4 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Nakagusuku-son (Nakagusuku Castle Ruins & Blue Sky), Itoman (Heiwa no Ishiji, The Tower of Himeyuri, &more) and Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Onna Station Nakayukui Market). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangui.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Naha journey planning tool.

Getting from Ishigaki to Naha by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In January in Naha, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:

Motobu-cho

— 2 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, then meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Yohena Ajisai Park, then don't miss a visit to Kouri Ohashi, then relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm, and finally get outside with Mt. Yaedake.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Motobu-cho tour planner.

You can drive from Naha to Motobu-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Naha in February, Motobu-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In February, Hiroshima is a bit cooler than Motobu-cho - with highs of 50°F and lows of 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Okunoin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 9:

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nishinomiya (Koshikiiwa Shrine & Nishinomiya Shrine), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Kiyoshikojin Seichoji (in Takarazuka). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotokuji Temple.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Osaka itinerary planning app.

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Osaka sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 13:

Kyoto

— 4 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 a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder app.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in February, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and gain insight with IN KANAZAWA HOUSE.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in February: highs in Kanazawa hover around 44°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 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.