32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fukuoka
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Yufu
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Fukuoka
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Kumamoto
— 1 day
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Kitakyushu
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Himeji
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Kobe
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Nara
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Tokyo
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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 find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka day trip site.

Sydney, Australia to Fukuoka is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. In March, Fukuoka is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to Yufu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 12:

Yufu

— 1 night
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Kinrin.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yufu trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Fukuoka to Yufu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Fukuoka

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Yufu to Fukuoka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

Kumamoto

— 1 day
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): make a trip to Kumamoto Castle.

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Getting from Fukuoka to Kumamoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Fukuoka

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, then take in the pleasant sights at Ohori Park, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and then admire the landmark architecture of Hakata Station.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip maker site.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

Kitakyushu

An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kitakyushu trip website.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Kitakyushu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Kitakyushu, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. You'll set off for Hiroshima on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Kitakyushu

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

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.
On the 17th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planning site.

Take a train from Kitakyushu to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Himeji sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:
Highlights from your trip

Kobe

— 1 night
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kobe online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto tour planner.

Take a train from Kobe to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 25:

Nara

— 1 day

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 25th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. March in Nara sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:

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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Osaka vacation planning app.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You will leave for Nagoya on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 30:

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 30th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and then take an in-depth tour of Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and then admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya road trip planning website.

Getting from Osaka to Nagoya by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. March in Nagoya sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:

Tokyo

— 8 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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 5th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stroll around Ueno Park, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo tour planning website.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Nagoya in April, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 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.