32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 16 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) and Kanda Myojin. Get outdoors at Enoshima Island and Enoshima Iwaya Caves. Venture out of the city with trips to Kiyose Sunflower Farm (in Kiyose), Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei) and Kamakura (Kamakura Hiking Trails & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, take a stroll through Yanaka District, explore the world behind art at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, and visit Ueno District.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo travel planner.

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Tokyo is 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in June: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 29:

Osaka

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Fri), walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnology, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sakuya Konohanakan, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Koshien History Museum, see the interesting displays at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), then examine the collection at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:

Kyoto

— 16 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.
You'll explore and learn at Kyoto Railway Museum and Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Gio-ji Temple and Sanzen-in Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nagahama (Biwako Waterfowl Wetland Center & Hayazaki Biotop), Uji (Mimurotoji Temple, Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, &more) and Hata Rice Terraces (in Takashima). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple.

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

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 17:

Nara

— 5 nights

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.
Nara National Museum and Nara Craft Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nigatsu-do Temple and Toshodai-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Asuka-mura (Asuka-dera Temple & Asuka-mura Maizo Bunkazai Exhibit), Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai) and Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall (in Nabari). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and examine the collection at Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nara travel route planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Nara sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:

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.