29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Tokyo

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Koganei (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the striking features of Imperial Palace.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Tokyo. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Izu (Toi Beach, Joren Waterfall, &more), Yamanakako-mura (Mt. Ishiwari & Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck) and Fureai Pool Tamaho (in Gotemba). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, contemplate the waterfront views at Fuji Five Lakes, go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, and don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

Find out how to plan Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Izu, Yamanakako-mura, Yamanashi Prefecture, Mount Fuji, Fureai Pool Tamaho
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Wada House, &more) and Matsumoto (Matsumoto City Museum, Matsumoto Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and visit Sanmachi Suji.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Takayama driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in August, expect nights in Takayama to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Matsumoto
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 14th (Fri), get outside with Gongenmori Beach, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and visit Arashiyama.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto route builder tool.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi), Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura & Tendaki Falls) and Kobe (Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) & Suma Beach). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip maker site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Himeji are a bit cooler (35°C), and nights are about the same (31°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yabu, Kobe, Kunimi no Mori Park, Matsue Swimming Beach, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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

5
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima--about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and walk around Kabira Park.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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