32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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Tokyo
— 9 nights
Train
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Nagano
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Osaka
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 9 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 9 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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Farmer's Market at UNU. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, visit Akihabara, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh to Tokyo, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Riyadh in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 20:

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Hokusai-kan, then step into the grandiose world of Ueda Castle, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Juppukuno-yu. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum and then fly down the slopes at Suginohara.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nagano journey planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, things will get a bit cooler in Nagano: highs are around 11°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 1 night
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 22nd (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Akiyamago, fly down the slopes at Ryuoo Ski Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Kusatsu Tsurutaro Kataoka Art Museum.

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Getting from Nagano to Yamanouchi-machi by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. March in Yamanouchi-machi sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:

Osaka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take a stroll through Dotombori District and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then kick back and relax at Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Osaka in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Yamanouchi-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Naramachi, and finally steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nara road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

Kyoto

— 9 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Kids will enjoy Kinkaku-ji and Arashiyama. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Hikone (Hikone Castle & Hikone Castle Umaya), Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo (in Ryuo-cho) and Gozaisho-dake (in Komono-cho). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Katsura Imperial Villa, and admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in March, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 5:

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Miyajima and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Itsukushima Shrine and Tsuruhane Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Miyajima Public Aquarium (in Hatsukaichi), Miyajima (Mt. Misen & Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street) and Matsuyama (Matsuyama Airport Observation Deck, Matsuyama Castle, &more). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and take in the views from Heiwa Bridge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planning website.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 9:

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.