36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 9 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train
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Aomori
— 1 night
Fly to Nagoya Airfield, Train to Matsumoto
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kakamigahara
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 6 nights
Train
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Onomichi
— 1 night
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Imabari
— 1 night
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 9 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tokyo Localized Free Walking Tour, Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Pub Crawl. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Mori Art Museum. Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Ginza. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Ochiai River and Minamisawa Springs (in Higashikurume) and Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, visit Akihabara, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and stroll around Ueno Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Frankfurt in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — Apr 3:

Nikko

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan jinja, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate). On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge and then snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you will find days in Nikko are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Aomori.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:

Aomori

— 1 night
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
On the 5th (Tue), make a trip to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, buy something for everyone on your list at A-FACTORY, admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sannai-Maruyama Site, and finally take in the natural beauty of Manjufukashi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Aomori Gyosai Center Honten, then admire the landmark architecture of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, then take in the awesome beauty at Hakkoda Mountains, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Aomori online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nikko to Aomori in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nikko in April; daily highs in Aomori reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Aomori

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shirahone Onsen. On the 7th (Thu), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Shirahone Onsen, then look for gifts at IIdaya, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, and finally admire the masterpieces at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkyuin Temple, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto day trip planner.

Getting from Aomori to Matsumoto by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Aomori in April, expect Matsumoto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:

Takayama

— 2 nights
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.
Takayama Showa Museum has been added to your itinerary. On the 9th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Deai Bridge. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, stop by Takayama Usagiya, then take an in-depth tour of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Takayama day trip planning site.

Getting from Matsumoto to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Kakamigahara.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Kakamigahara

— 1 night
Kakamigahara is a city located in southern Gifu Prefecture.Situated in the northern part of the Noubi Plain, what is now Kakamigahara originally thrived as a stop on the Nakasendo Road, being called "Unamujuku" at the time. Your day by day itinerary now includes Urakuen Garden as well as Haritsuna Shrine. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at World Fresh Water Aquarium Aquatotto Gifu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Haritsuna Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Urakuen Garden, then explore the activities along Kiso River, then step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanko Inari Shrine.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kakamigahara online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Takayama to Kakamigahara by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Takayama in April, Kakamigahara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kakamigahara

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

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.
You've now added Hayakawa Hamonoten to your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Nishijin Textile Center. Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and Kyoto International Manga Museum will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kakamigahara to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kakamigahara in April, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 18:

Osaka

— 6 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kuromon Market, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and Midosuji Street. You'll explore and learn at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and The British Bag. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to UROKO HOUSE & OBSERVATION GALLERY (in Kobe), Akashi (Amore Beach & Matsue Swimming Beach) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, examine the collection at Japan Toy Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Onomichi.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 24:

Onomichi

— 1 night
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get outside with Shimanami Rental Bike - Shimanami Japan.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Onomichi trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Onomichi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Onomichi: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for Imabari.

Things to do in Onomichi

Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 25:

Imabari

— 1 night
The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Imabari vacation planning app.

You can drive from Onomichi to Imabari in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 26th (Tue), you're off to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Banna Park as well as Maesato Beach. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): kick back and relax at Maesato Beach and then head outdoors with Maezato Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Emerald no Umi o Miru Viewing Platform, walk around Banna Park, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Imabari to Ishigaki by flight takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Imabari in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 30°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

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.