32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

Belfast, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Belfast to Tokyo. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Belfast in March: highs in Tokyo hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

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Find places to stay Mar 22 — 27:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip builder app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, things will get slightly colder in Kanazawa: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — Apr 1:

Nagasaki

— 4 nights

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Nagasaki Bio Park (in Saikai) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the views from Megane Bridge, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip planning website.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nagasaki, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 5:

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Onomichi (Shimanami Kaido & Kosanji Temple) and Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 10:

Himeji

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Himeji: Okayama (Okayama Korakuen Garden & Nanaku Strawberry Farm), Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei (in Bizen) and Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Japanese Rural Toy Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Himeji day trip planning 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. In April, daytime highs in Himeji are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder tool.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 21st (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 21:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.