29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Prescott
+2
Bus + Tram + Fly:  24​h
1
Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
3
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Naha
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4​h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Izumo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
8
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
11
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Prescott

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night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 12th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Kyu Soma-tei, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishizaki Jinushi Kai Shrine, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hakodate City Northern Pacific Fishery's Document Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Motomachi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, then get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trappist Monasteries.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakodate online driving holiday planner .

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Hakodate is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Hakodate due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta in September, things will get a bit cooler in Hakodate: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Onuma Park Walking Path, Trappist Monasteries
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The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Trappist Monasteries ©
Trappist Monasteries

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nights
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mt. Haguro and Churenji Temple. Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda and Ideha Shrine will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tsuruoka: Sakata (Kaikoji Temple & Sakata Art Museum) and Gassan Shrine (in Nishikawa-machi). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, contemplate the long history of Chidokan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yudonosan Shrine, and make a trip to Tamugimata Layered Housing.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tsuruoka day trip planning site .

Getting from Hakodate to Tsuruoka by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sakata, Gassan Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda ©
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Gyokusenji Temple ©
Gyokusenji Temple

1
night
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 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanoyasu Kawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Josenji Temple, then examine the collection at Seiwa Bunraku Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heitate Shrine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Tsuruoka to Takachiho-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Tsuruoka in September, you will find days in Takachiho-cho are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yamato-cho, Josenji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

1
night
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hamagawa Utaki, steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, then see the interesting displays at Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Katsuren Castle Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Kudakajima Yohaijo, then step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, and finally admire the masterpieces at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Naha in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Naha, with lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nanjo, Itoman, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Itsukushima Shrine and Yamato Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Naha to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Naha in September, with highs in Hiroshima at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Izumo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

2
nights
Izumo

Izumo ©
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
On the 24th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hinomisaki Shrine, then enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karakama Shrine. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Matsue Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seiganji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Izumo visit planner .

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Izumo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Izumo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Matsue
Highlights from your plan
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse ©
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, make a trip to Himeji Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle Keshoyagura, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Izumo to Himeji in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Izumo in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Himeji, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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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.
Visit Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasaka Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip app .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Himeji in September since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Oyama Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, & more), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Hataya Textile Factory Memorial Hall (in Katsuyama). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Ainokura Gassho Community, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotokuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kinkengu Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa journey planning tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Kanazawa are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Katsuyama, Nanto, Maruoka Castle, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Matsumoto Castle and Naraijuku. Appreciate the collections at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino and Matsumoto City Museum of Art. Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Nunobiki Kannon (in Komoro), Tateyama-machi (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Kurobe Dam) and Suwa Shrine (in Suwa). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kita Yatsuga-take, make a trip to Old Mejima Residence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine, and stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb.

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Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kanazawa in October: highs in Matsumoto hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Naraijuku, Old Mejima Residence, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, Nunobiki Kannon
Highlights from your plan
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Naraijuku ©
Naraijuku
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Asakusa Shrine and The National Art Center, Tokyo. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take a stroll through Odaiba, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

Take a train from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Matsumoto in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokiwakimon Samurai Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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