29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 1 day
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 9 nights
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Nagasaki

— 2 nights

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Shitsu Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ono Church, and finally look for gifts at Kinkaido. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, take a stroll around The Confucian Temple, the Chinese Museum of Successive Generations, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, then take an in-depth tour of 26 Martyrs Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Nagasaki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Nagasaki, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in March, with highs in Nagasaki at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi, about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Himeji

— 1 day
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 24th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Okunoin, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Piole Himeji.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Himeji, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Kennin-ji Temple. Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ippodo Tea Kyotofor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Honen-in.

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You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nigatsu-do Temple and Toshodai-ji Temple. Osaka Castle and Nara National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Heijokyu Ruins, Naramachi Koshino Ie, &more) and Joruri Temple (in Kizugawa). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten, look for gifts at Tower Knives Osaka, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura

— 1 night
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate the long history of Nagase house, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

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Traveling by car from Osaka to Shirakawa-mura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in April: high temperatures in Shirakawa-mura hover around 20°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums

Matsumoto

— 3 nights
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 a sense of the local culture at Matsumoto Castle and Matsushiro. Fukashi Shrine and Matsushiro Literary and Military School will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Ueda (Zensanji Temple & Mugonkan Daini Exhibition Hall), Daiho-ji Temple (in Aoki-mura) and Nagano (Mizuno Museum & Sanada House). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Prince & Skyline Museum, make a trip to Yamataka Jindai Cherry Blossom, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jisso-ji Temple, and stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb.

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You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 9 nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Asakusa Shrine and Hozomon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fire Museum and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei), Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Fujiyoshida (Chureito Pagoda, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sengaku-ji Temple, browse the exhibits of Kanda Myojin, and walk around Kitanomaru Park.

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Drive from Matsumoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.