32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nakafurano-cho
— 3 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Naha
— 4 nights
7
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights

3
nights
Nakafurano-cho

Nakafurano-cho ©
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
Venture out of the city with trips to Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho), Biei-cho (Shirogane Blue Pond, Patchwork no Michi, &more) and Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, relax in the rural setting at Tomita Melon House, walk around Hinode Park, and make a trip to Panorama Road.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nakafurano-cho travel itinerary planner.

Columbus, USA to Nakafurano-cho is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Traveling from Columbus in July, expect nights in Nakafurano-cho to be about the same, around °F, while days are slightly colder, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Biei-cho, Kamifurano-cho, Garden of Wind, Asahi-dake, Daisetsuzan
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Farm Tomita ©
Farm Tomita
Daisetsuzan ©
Daisetsuzan
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nakafurano-cho to Kanazawa. Traveling from Nakafurano-cho in July, things will get a bit warmer in Kanazawa: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

5
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji (Engyo-ji Temple Maniden, Himeji Castle, &more) and Koya-cho (Ichijo-in Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Osaka travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Himeji
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 18th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thentake an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, thenhave fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip planning site.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Motobu-cho (Bisezaki, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more), Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Blue Cave) and Tokashiki-son (Tokashiku Beach, Hanari Island, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, step off the mainland to explore Kerama Islands, make a trip to Makishi Public Market, and let your taste buds guide you at Taste of Okinawa Cooking Experience.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read Naha vacation planning tool.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Naha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. July in Naha sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Tokashiki-son, Onna-son, Kerama Islands
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3.5 hours. In July in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:
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Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Spas

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba District, find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Tokyo takes 6 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Tokyo, with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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