37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kamakura
— 1 day
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train to Odawara Station, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus to Odawara Station, Train to Takayama
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Takayama
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 1 day
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Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, approximately Mitaka away. The adventure continues: stop by Asakusa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, and make a trip to Shinjuku Golden Gai.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker site.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 12 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. You'll set off for Kamakura on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 19:

Kamakura

— 1 day

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in.

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Getting from Tokyo to Kamakura by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kamakura: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tokyo Skytree. On the 20th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, stroll around Rikugien Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, then engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, then admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, and finally see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): walk around Hama Rikyu Gardens, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo road trip tool.

Drive from Kamakura to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:

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.
Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, and sample some tasty brews at Katayama Shuzo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko online attractions planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Nikko, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 25th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and then cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

Plan trip to Hakone-machi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Hakone-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, subway, and bus. In March, Hakone-machi is slightly colder than Nikko - with highs of 9°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas · Theme Parks · Baths · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

Takayama

— 1 night
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.
On the 27th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and finally contemplate the long history of Wada House. On the next day, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then take an in-depth tour of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Takayama trip builder.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Takayama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Takayama when traveling from Hakone-machi in March, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 29th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa day trip site.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:

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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and visit Arashiyama.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation builder app.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 4:

Koya-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, and then make a trip to Koyasan Danjo Garan.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Koya-cho online road trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take a stroll through Minami (Namba), make a trip to Shinsekai, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tsutenkaku, then don't miss a visit to Dotombori Glico Sign, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka journey planner.

Getting from Koya-cho to Osaka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:

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 7th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Nara online road trip planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Nara are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:

Osaka

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online travel route planner.

Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

Himeji

— 1 day
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 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Nigiwai Koryu Hiroba, make a trip to Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji trip builder app.

Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

Hatsukaichi

— 1 night
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hatsukaichi trip maker website.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hatsukaichi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll set off for Hiroshima on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Mikasahama Beach, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip maker site.

Hiroshima is just a stone's throw from Hatsukaichi. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 15th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 16th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 16:

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.

Kanagawa Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Historic Sites
Kanagawa Prefecture is a prefecture located in southern Kantō region of Japan. The capital of the prefecture is Yokohama. Kanagawa is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Kanagawa Prefecture is home to Kamakura and Hakone, two highly popular side trip destinations from Tokyo.HistoryThe prefecture has some archaeological sites going back to the Jōmon period (around 400 BCE). About 3,000 years ago, Mount Hakone produced a volcanic explosion which resulted in Lake Ashi on the western area of the prefecture.It is believed that the Yamato dynasty ruled this area from the 5th century onwards. In the ancient era, its plains were very sparsely inhabited.In medieval Japan, Kanagawa was part of the provinces of Sagami and Musashi. Kamakura in central Sagami was the capital of Japan during the Kamakura period (1185–1333).During the Edo period, the western part of Sagami Province was governed by the daimyō of Odawara Castle, while the eastern part was directly governed by the Tokugawa shogunate in Edo (Tokyo).

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