29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia travel planner

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Nara
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Takamatsu
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Naha
— 6 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Akihabara, The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), Imperial Palace, and other attractions.

For reviews and tourist information, read our Tokyo attractions planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. In February in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tenryuji Temple, Monkey Park Iwatayama, Togetsukyo Bridge, and other attractions.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Nara

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nishinokyo District and Enshoji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Nara: Kashihara (The Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, Imanishike Residence, &more) and Tenri (Tenrikyo Church & Yamanobe Street). The adventure continues: make a trip to Toindo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kangoku Shrine, and see the interesting displays at Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nara trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In March, daytime highs in Nara are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum and Harukas 300 Observation Deck. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Shukugawa Park (in Nishinomiya), Awaji (Eshima & Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park) and Itami Sky Park (in Itami). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wakaura Tenmangu, and shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 1 night

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Hiunkaku, see the interesting displays at Aqueduct Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Kagawa Prefectural Buildings, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwasewo Hachimangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kozaiji Temple, and finally explore the activities along Cape Osaki-no-Hana.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu tour planning tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Takamatsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Takamatsu, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 19th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Gates of Peace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, explore the activities along Motoyasu River, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Shishiiwa Tenbodai. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirakami Shrine, contemplate the long history of Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then snap pictures at Aioi Bridge, and finally pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour planning website.

Getting from Takamatsu to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Spas · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Naha

— 6 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tropical Dream Center and Busena Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: Uruma (Hamahiga Island & Kafu Banta), Motobu-cho (Yohena Ajisai Park & Oceanic Culture Museum) and Nakijin-son (Aiai Farm & Kouri Beach). There's much more to do: make a trip to Okino-gu Shrine, stroll around Araha Park (Araha Beach), identify plant and animal life at Shurikinjocho Oakagi Tree, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Make your Naha itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Naha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in March, things will get a bit warmer in Naha: highs are around 24°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Kagawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Scenic Walking Areas
Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest prefecture of Japan (by area). It is located on Shikoku island and the capital is Takamatsu.HistoryKagawa was formerly known as Sanuki Province.For a brief period between August 1876 and December 1888, Kagawa was made a part of Ehime Prefecture.Battle of YashimaLocated in Kagawa's capital city, Takamatsu, the mountain of Yashima was the battlefield for one of the best-known struggles between the Heike and the Genji clans.GeographyKagawa comprises the northeast corner of Shikoku, bordering Ehime Prefecture on the west and Tokushima Prefecture on the south, with a coastline on the Seto Inland Sea facing Okayama Prefecture and the Kansai. The Sanuki Mountains run along the southern border.Kagawa is currently the smallest prefecture, by area, in Japan. Osaka Prefecture held that title until Kansai International Airport was reclaimed from the ocean in the early 1990s, pushing its land area slightly above Kagawa's. Kagawa is a relatively narrow prefecture located between the mountains of Shikoku and the sea.

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Hiroshima Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · History Museums · Islands
Hiroshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island. The capital is the city of Hiroshima. It has a population of around 2.8 million.HistoryThe area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan's recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chūgoku region and was the seat of the Mōri clan until the Battle of Sekigahara.Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Atomic Dome in Hiroshima, one of the few remnants of prewar Hiroshima following the atomic bombing in 1945;The Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to "float" during high tide.GeographyHiroshima prefecture lies in the middle of Chūgoku. Most of the prefecture consists of mountains leading towards Shimane Prefecture; and rivers produce rich plains near the coast.The province faces Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea. Hiroshima Bay opens on the Inland Sea. The prefecture also includes many small islands.

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Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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