29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Santiago
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  30 h
1
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h 15 min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  30 h
End: Santiago

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Kenshin Falls (in Hayakawa-cho), Panoramic Viewing Platform (in Yamanakako-mura) and Susono Fishing Park (in Susono). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, cool off at Fureai Pool Tamaho, and go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi vacation planning app .

Santiago, Chile to Fujikawaguchiko-machi is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Santiago to Fujikawaguchiko-machi. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kenshin Falls, Fureai Pool Tamaho, Mount Fuji, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Susono Fishing Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kirei Sake Brewery (in Higashihiroshima), Matsuyama (Matsuyama Castle & Kashima Kaisuiyokujo) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Hiroshima, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Matsuyama, Hatsukaichi, Kirei Sake Brewery
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu) and Awaga Shrine (in Asago). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the sheer force of Tendaki Falls, and explore the world behind art at FAN Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Himeji online day trip planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Bizen, Awaga Shrine, Shikoku Mura Village, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Himeji in September, with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Hida Takayama Museum of Art, & more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 18th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo journey builder site .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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