29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Imperial Palace and Tokyo Central Railway Station. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba District, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, stop by Akihabara, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel route builder site.

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Montreal to Tokyo. In July, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Montreal - with highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, go for a walk through Hase-dera Temple Scenic Walkway, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nagoe Excavation, and finally walk around Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jōdo-shū Daihonzan Kōmyōji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joukoumyouji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kencho-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kakuonji Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kamakura trip planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 3 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Oganzaki Lighthouse and Torinji Temple. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Fly from Kamakura to Ishigaki in 4.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kamakura in July: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 38°C and lows are around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine and then head off the coast to Miyajima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ishigaki in July since evenings lows in Hiroshima dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, stop by Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho

— 3 nights
Get a sense of the local culture at Mt. Koya and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Popular historic sites such as Koyasan Okunoin and Ichijo-in Temple are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koya-cho: Kusuri no Yakata (in Uda) and Ominesanji (in Tenkawa-mura).

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho trip planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In July in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Nagase house will appeal to history buffs. Family-friendly places like Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple and Senkoji Temple will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Nanto (Angoji Temple & Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Nagamachi Neighborhood.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Matsumoto Castle and Japan Ukiyo-e Museum. Visit Zenko-ji Temple and Kaio-in Temple for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Yashimagahara Marsh (in Shimosuwa-machi), Kurumayama Highland (in Chino) and Wadajuku Onsen Fureai no yu (in Nagawa-machi). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nunobiki Kannon, deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, take in the awesome beauty at Mt.Karamatsudake, and hike along Happo-one Nature Study Course.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip planning tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Matsumoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Nikko

— 2 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 30th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, stroll through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Futarasan jinja, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nikko vacation app.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Nikko takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.