29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bergen
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Fuji National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Shirakawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Bergen

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary builder tool .

Bergen, Norway to Osaka is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Bergen to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bergen in June, you will find days in Osaka are much warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
nights
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.
You've now added Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Amanohashidate and Ise Shrine Geku. Change things up with a short trip to Yamazaki River in Nagoya (about 1h 55 min away). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, have some family-friendly fun at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online journey planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Amanohashidate, Yamazaki River, Ise Shrine Geku
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Koko-en Garden. When in Himeji, make a side trip to see Hinase Islands in Bizen, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, stop by Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, trek along Mt Shosha hiking, and don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji travel planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in July, you will find days in Himeji are slightly colder (33°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trips

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Hinase Islands
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge ©
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

2
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, walk around Nara Park, and then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nara holiday planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Nara in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Himeji in July, expect nights in Nara to be about the same, around 31°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, Joruri Temple
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mt. Wakakusa
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, and finally walk around Onshi Hakone Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Saiko Lake and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kintoki.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Hakone-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nara in July, with highs in Hakone-machi at 28°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Fuji National Park.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Saiko Lake
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Saiko Lake ©
Saiko Lake
Mt. Kintoki ©
Mt. Kintoki

2
nights
Fuji National Park

Fuji National Park ©
Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
You've now added Mount Fuji to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fujinomiya Route and Shiraito Falls. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Yoshida Route and explore the activities along Fuji Five Lakes.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fuji National Park trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Fuji National Park takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Fuji National Park can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Shiraito Falls, Mount Fuji, Fuji Five Lakes
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls

3
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro, then snap pictures at Myojin Bridge, and then walk around Matsumoto Alps Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Azusa-ko, then take in the dramatic scenery at Zengoro Fall, and then take in the awesome beauty at Yarigatake.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto travel planner.

Traveling by car from Fuji National Park to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Fuji National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Matsumoto: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro
Yarigatake ©
Yarigatake
Matsumoto Alps Park ©
Matsumoto Alps Park

2
nights
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 16th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Komine Castle Remains, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yukiwari Canyon, and then hike along Nishinosato Promenade. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Otsujiga Falls, contemplate the long history of Shirakawa no Sekiato, then stroll around Shirakawa Sekinomori Park, then stroll around Nanko Park, and finally make a trip to Shirakawa Haristos Othodox Church.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa journey maker app .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Shirakawa in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Otsujiga Falls
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park ©
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park
Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains
Nanko Park ©
Nanko Park

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Kamogawa Sea World. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Jogashima Park (in Jogashima). There's much more to do: have fun and explore at KidZania Tokyo, get all the information you need at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Drive from Shirakawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Shirakawa in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium, Mt. Takao, Tokyo Disneyland, Jogashima Park, Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo

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