31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
Train
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Hakodate
— Few hours
Drive
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Tohoku-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Sendai
— 1 night
Drive
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Fukushima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Niigata
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive
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Nikko
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— Few hours
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— Few hours
Drive
12
Chichibu
— Few hours
Drive
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Nagano
— Few hours
Drive
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Matsumoto
— Few hours
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Nakatsugawa
— Few hours
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Takayama
— Few hours
Drive
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Kanazawa
— Few hours
Drive
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Hikone
— 1 day
Drive
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— Few hours
Drive
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Osaka
— Few hours
Train
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Himeji
— Few hours
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Drive
24
Fukuoka
— Few hours
Train
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Hiroshima
— 10 nights
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Sapporo

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, stroll around Odori Park, then take a stroll through Susukino, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally stroll around Moerenuma Park. On your second day here, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, contemplate the long history of The Site of Temiya Line, then explore the activities along Otaru Canal, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tomioka Catholic Church.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sapporo vacation builder tool.

Barcelona, Spain to Sapporo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in May, you will find days in Sapporo are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Hakodate

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 4th (Tue), wander the streets of Motomachi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, then admire the striking features of Goryokaku Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Goryokaku Tower.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hakodate road trip tool.

You can fly from Sapporo to Hakodate in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tohoku-machi.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

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Tohoku-machi

Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): walk around Atago Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanamatsu Shrine, stroll around Lake Ogawara Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ogawara, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Tohoku Onsen.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tohoku-machi online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hakodate to Tohoku-machi in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Hakodate in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Tohoku-machi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Tohoku-machi

Parks · Spas · Baths · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

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Sendai

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 6th (Thu), visit Sendai Mediatheque, make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue, don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, pause for some photo ops at Zuihoden, then explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, and finally browse the exhibits of Aoba Castle Museum. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zuiganji, take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally steep yourself in history at Godaido.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sendai trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tohoku-machi to Sendai takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Tohoku-machi in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Sendai. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fukushima.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

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Fukushima

Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. On the 8th (Sat), do a tasting at Takahata Winery, examine the collection at Toko no Sakagura, then see the interesting displays at Denkoku No Mori Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uesugi Jinja Shrine, and finally appreciate the history behind Shokon Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, get outside with Bandai-Azuma Skyline, then get impressive views of Azuma Kofuji, then snap pictures at Fudosawa Bridge / Tsubakurodani, and finally stroll around Hanamiyama Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fukushima trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Sendai to Fukushima in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Sendai in May, plan for little chillier nights in Fukushima, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Fukushima

Parks · Museums · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

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Aizuwakamatsu

Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
On the 10th (Mon), make a trip to Nanokamachidori, explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, then browse the exhibits of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tonohetsuri, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at Yunokami Onsen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Aizu Old Samurai Residences, take in the awesome beauty at Iimoriyama, steep yourself in history at Sazaedo, don't miss a visit to Byakkotai's Tomb, then get engrossed in the history at Noguchi Hideyo Memorial, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Inawashiro.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aizuwakamatsu day trip website.

Drive from Fukushima to Aizuwakamatsu in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Aizuwakamatsu can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

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Niigata

The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stop by Ponshukan Niigata Station, sample the tasty concoctions at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, stop by Pia Bandai, then take in panoramic vistas at Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, then snap pictures at Bandai Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine. On the next day, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marinepia Nihonkai, don't miss a visit to The Old Saito Residence, stroll around Yahiko Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yahiko Shrine, and finally make a trip to Yahiko no Takokeyaki.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Niigata travel app.

Drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Niigata in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Niigata, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

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You can take a train from Niigata to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Niigata in May, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks
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Nikko

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 15th (Sat), snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for slightly colder days in Nikko, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

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Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Getting from Nikko to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You'll set off for Fujikawaguchiko-machi on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

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Fujikawaguchiko-machi

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.
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fujikawaguchiko-machi using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will leave for Chichibu on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

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Chichibu

A little rural reprieve not far from the capital, the city of Chichibu draws visitors with its vibrant landscape and pleasant, low-key urban attractions.
To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chichibu online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Chichibu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Chichibu: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 16°C at night. You will leave for Nagano on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Chichibu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

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Nagano

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nagano trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Chichibu to Nagano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll set off for Matsumoto on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Nagano

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

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Matsumoto

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Matsumoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagano to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. You'll set off for Nakatsugawa on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

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Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. On the 16th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Magome Observatory, then hike along Nakasendo Magome-juku, and then get outside with Nakasendo Tsumagojuku.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Nakatsugawa travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Nakatsugawa takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

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Takayama

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Takayama trip planner.

Drive from Nakatsugawa to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 16th (Sun), you'll travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 16th (Sun), you're off to Hikone.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

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Hikone

A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hikone trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Hikone by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, Hikone is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay May 16 — 17:

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Nagoya

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Nagoya trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hikone to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nagoya are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:

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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.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto tour builder app.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in May, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). On the 18th (Tue), you're off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:

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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.
For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 18th (Tue), you're off to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:

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Himeji

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.
On the 18th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square.

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Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in May, plan for little chillier days in Himeji, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:

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Nagasaki

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): make a trip to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, examine the collection at Dejima, then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, then step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Nagasaki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

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Fukuoka

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka day trip planner.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 21st (Fri), you're off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yamato Museum (in Kure), Iwakuni (Iwakuni Castle, Kintaikyo Bridge, &more) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Treasure Hall, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

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You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 31:

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.

Tohoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.