29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
8
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 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.
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 14th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Tokyo. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
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.
Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Panoramic Viewing Platform (in Yamanakako-mura), Nirasaki Omura Art Museum (in Nirasaki) and Shojigataki Falls (in Hokuto). Pack the 17th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Fuji-Q Highland. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Mount Fuji and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online journey planner .

Drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in June, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Shojigataki Falls, Mount Fuji, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Fuji-Q Highland, Nirasaki Omura Art Museum
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nishinashinmeigu (in Omachi), Tateyama-machi (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Kurobe Dam) and Daiho-ji Temple (in Aoki-mura). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, pick up some local products at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi, explore the activities along Pond Tashiro, and take in the awesome beauty at Hotaka Mountain Range.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Matsumoto, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Hotaka Mountain Range, Daiho-ji Temple, Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi, Nishinashinmeigu
Highlights from your plan
Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, make a trip to Omicho Market, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yabu (Tarumino Ozakura & Tendaki Falls), Awaga Shrine (in Asago) and Mt. Kuma (in Bizen). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Himeji trip builder app .

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: highs in Himeji hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yabu, Mt. Takamikura, Awaga Shrine, Mt. Kuma
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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 (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For photos and more tourist information, read Hiroshima tour builder app .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums 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

3
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki journey planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Huis Ten Bosch
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

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