32 days in Japan

32 days in Japan

Snezana Kutic
Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Tokyo — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Asakusa, Odaiba District, Tokyo Tower, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): wander the streets of Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, then take a stroll through Asakusa, and finally don't miss a visit to Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon).

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.
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Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Gion Shimbashi Bridge, Minamiza : The Kabuki Theater of Kyoto, Kamogawa River, and other attractions. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 8 — 14:

Osaka — 5 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.
You've added Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, Umeda Sky Building, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), wander the streets of Dotombori District, and don't miss a visit to Dotombori Glico Sign.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka online trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Hiroshima.
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Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 14 — 19:

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.
Daishoin Temple has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Okonomimura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima route planning site.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagoya.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nagashima Spa Land as well as Nakasendo Magome-juku. When in Nagoya, make a side trip to see Nabana no Sato in Kuwana, approximately Kuwana away.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya travel route planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagoya by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kanazawa.
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Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Kanazawa — 4 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kenrokuen Garden has been added to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Castle Kahoku-mon Gate, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nagoya in May since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 15°C. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Tokyo.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:

Tokyo — 8 nights

Your list of things to see and do now includes Asakusa, Odaiba District, Tokyo Tower, and other attractions. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Fujiyoshida (Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja & Chureito Pagoda).

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo visit planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 5:

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.
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