29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba District, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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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 Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, stop by Hanakomichi, and explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto trip itinerary website.

Getting from Tokyo to Matsumoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in November, with highs in Matsumoto at 14°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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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: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Nagase house, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and make a trip to Kanazawa Station.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

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 November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trips

5
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, stop by Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Nagasaki

City of Peace

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Nabekanmuriyama Park, stroll through Glover Garden, examine the collection at Dejima, then take in the views from Megane Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Church Hongouchi.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki vacation builder app.

Fly from Osaka to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

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: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and make a trip to Okonomimura.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip site.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November in Himeji, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.