33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Copenhagen
Fly + Train:  15 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  4 h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 45 min
7
Zamami-son
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
8
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
9
Osaka
— 2 nights
+2
Foot + Fly + Bus:  5 h
10
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12 h 45 min
11
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h
End: Copenhagen

6
nights
Tokyo

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.
Popular historic sites such as Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Meguro River and Minoyama Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kencho-ji Temple), Terasaka Rice Terraces (in Yokoze-machi) and Edo River Bank (in Matsudo). The adventure continues: make a trip to Nezu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, steep yourself in history at Hozomon, and admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo route maker app.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Tokyo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Copenhagen in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Minoyama Park, Terasaka Rice Terraces, Edo River Bank
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Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

1
night
Himeji

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.
To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Himeji road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Himeji takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Spas Shopping
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan ©
Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Kanazawa Art Gummi. D. T. Suzuki Museum and Kanazawa Yuwaku Yumeji-kan Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Nanto (Original Gashozukuri, Ainokura Gassho Community, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house & Shirakawago). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum, examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kanazawa Catholic Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa day trip planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Himeji in May, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
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 9th (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Omiwa Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nara online vacation planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nara in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in May since evenings lows in Nara dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Sakurai, Joruri Temple
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Visiting Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Daishoin Temple and Hiroshima Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more) and Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip website.

Getting from Nara to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nara in May since evenings lows in Hiroshima dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

4
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Kusukawa Tenmangu Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yakusugi Land and Mt. Mocchomudake. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, delve into the distant past at Ruins of Kosugidani Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaku Shrine, and kick back and relax at Isso Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho online driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach
Mt. Mocchomudake ©
Mt. Mocchomudake

3
nights
Zamami-son

The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
On the 18th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ibinume Shrine, head outdoors with Gahijima Sand Dune, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Toma, look for gifts at Shingaki Shoten, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hizushi Beach.

For more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Zamami-son online day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yakushima-cho to Zamami-son. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in May, Zamami-son is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Tokashiki-son
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hizushi Beach ©
Hizushi Beach

1
night
Kyoto

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.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zamami-son to Kyoto. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Zamami-son in May, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Heian Shrine
Heian Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Gion
Gion

2
nights
Osaka

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Osaka, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then see the interesting displays at Modern Transportation Museum, and finally wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Dotombori, don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and finally take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Osaka itinerary planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 24th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, steep yourself in history at Kushifuru Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho online road trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Takachiho-cho by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. May in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Tonosho-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge

2
nights
Tonosho-cho, Shodo-shima

Tonosho-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): kick back and relax at Olive Beach, then stop by Hishionosato, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nakayama Senmaida. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Teshima Art Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Kasaneiwa (Piled Rocks), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Meiro no Machi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hitoyama Rikyu Hachiman Shrine.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tonosho-cho trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Takachiho-cho to Tonosho-cho. In May, daytime highs in Tonosho-cho are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tonosho-cho

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Shodoshima-cho
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:
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Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum
Saiko-ji Temple ©
Saiko-ji Temple
Nishinotakiryusui Temple ©
Nishinotakiryusui Temple

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