29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Toyama
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Beppu
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
10
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Queenstown

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel route planning website .

Queenstown, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway & The Hakone Open-Air Museum) and Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck (in Yamanakako-mura). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, and explore the striking landscape of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Mount Fuji, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Ike no Taira Shitsugen (in Tomi), Omachi (Nishinashinmeigu & Mt.Takagari) and Happo-one Nature Study Course (in Hakuba-mura). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, delve into the lush surroundings at Tashiro Shitsugen, look for all kinds of wild species at Larch Forests In Kamikochi area, and admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto day trip planning site .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit 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 4th (Thu) so you can take a train to Toyama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Omachi, Happo-one Nature Study Course, Mt. Okuhotaka, Kobayashi Farm, Zenko-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

3
nights
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toyama: Kanazawa (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Kenrokuen Garden, & more), Tateyama-machi (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd.) and Angoji Temple (in Nanto). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ishikura Machi Emmei Jizo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Toyama itinerary maker tool .

Take a train from Matsumoto to Toyama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Toyama, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Toyama

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kanazawa, Tateyama-machi, Angoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 8th (Mon), buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Kasuga Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Komyozen-ji Temple, and finally kick back and relax at Miyajihama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Komenoyama Obsevatory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then stroll through Hirabaru Historical Park, then browse the fresh offerings at Osakana Tengoku, and finally let little ones run wild at Ohori Park.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka day trip tool .

Getting from Toyama to Fukuoka by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Kasuga Park, Miyajihama Beach, Komenoyama Obsevatory, Hirabaru Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, walk around Nyuta Nakashima Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine, and finally experience rural life at Couples. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Takachihokyo Passage, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, take in the dramatic scenery at Shiramizu Falls, then enjoy breathtaking views from Ogidake Park Viewing Platform, and finally explore the ancient world of Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus.

Before you visit Takachiho-cho, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Takachiho-cho in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketa, Aso
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

1
night
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stop by Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shidakako Lake, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Tsurumi.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Beppu trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Shidakako Lake ©
Shidakako Lake
Mt. Tsurumi ©
Mt. Tsurumi

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Beppu to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

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

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kasuga Grand Shrine (in Nara), Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Chuo). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online route builder .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. June in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Kasuga Grand Shrine, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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