33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Sapporo

— 4 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Kids will enjoy Odori Park and Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe. Explore Sapporo's surroundings by going to Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Hamada Marutome Fruits Gaden (in Sobetsu-cho) and Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, stroll through Mt. Moiwa, and fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo trip itinerary site.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Sapporo is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Sapporo, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sao Paulo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 3:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sapporo in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Kuromon Market (in Nippombashi), Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum & Tsutenkaku) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and admire the landmark architecture of Chion-in Temple Sammon.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Attractions like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, engage your brain at Hiroshima Children's Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:

Motobu-cho

— 3 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Bring the kids along to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Emerald Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Nago (Busena Marine Park, Kise Beach, &more) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, explore the gorgeous colors at USS Emmons, step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, and head outdoors with Bisezaki.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Motobu-cho online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Kabira Bay and Tamatorizaki Observatory. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, add some adventure to your tour with Fusaki Beach, visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and take in the pleasant sights at Cape Ongazaki.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planner.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. July in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Urayasu Comprehensive Park (in Urayasu) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, observe the fascinating underwater world at Tokyo Sea Life Park, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Tokyo by flight takes about 5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ishigaki in July since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 29:

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.