30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Narita
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Nikko
— 1 day
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tateyama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 1 night
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Shikokuchuo
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Ise
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Narita

Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Narita trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Narita is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Narita reach 11°C and lows reach -2°C. On the 29th (Sat), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Tokyo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): shop like a local with Takeshita Street, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, then wander the streets of Shibuya Center-gai, and finally take in a show at Robot Restaurant.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Narita to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Narita in January since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Mon) before leaving for Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Nikko

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and then snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nikko trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): shop like a local with Asakusa, then get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo, and then stroll around Ueno Park. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Ginza, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, then wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, and finally make a trip to Tokyo Tower.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tateyama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Tateyama

— 2 nights
Tateyama is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Nokogiriyama Nihonji Tenbodai and then find something for the whole family at Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tanjoji, then get in on the family fun at Kamogawa Sea World, and then make a trip to Cape Nojima.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Tateyama trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Tateyama takes 2 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 8°C in Tateyama. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tateyama

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Hakone Ropeway, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fuji, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Tateyama to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tateyama in February, with highs in Hakone-machi at 5°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, then experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, then go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Norikura Kogen.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Matsumoto when traveling from Hakone-machi in February, with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, then trek along Nakasendo Magome-juku, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suwa Shrine. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, stop by Matsumoto Castletown Springs, and then relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip itinerary planner.

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, walk around Tsuruma Park, then steep yourself in history at Inuyama Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Nagoya TV Tower.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Nagoya road trip planning app.

Getting from Matsumoto to Nagoya by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nagoya, with lows around 2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Himeji

— 2 nights
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 15th (Tue): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ako Oishi Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Remains of Ako Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Himeji are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shikokuchuo.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Shikokuchuo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): go deep underground at Besshi Copper Mine Memorial Museum and then let the kids burn off some steam at Minetopia Besshi. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see human ingenuity at work at Hōnen'ike Dam, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unbenji Temple, then walk around Kotohiki Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Kanei Tsuho Zenigata.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Shikokuchuo trip planning website.

Drive from Himeji to Shikokuchuo in 3 hours. In February in Shikokuchuo, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Shikokuchuo

Parks · Historic Sites · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

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 19th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Miyajima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Kintaikyo Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip builder site.

Drive from Shikokuchuo to Hiroshima in 3 hours. February in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 21st (Mon), stroll around Ohori Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine. On the next day, head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island, enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, and then take an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In February, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Kobe.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 23rd (Wed), make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Kobe City NAdaku Cherry Blossoms Tunnel, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Kobe trip planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Kobe by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

Osaka

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Kobe to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Osaka are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Nara

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple and then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nara Park.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nara trip builder site.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. February in Nara sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Ise

— 2 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Okage Yokocho, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa Rocks.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ise travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nara to Ise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Nara in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Ise, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and finally stroll around Uchinada-cho Park.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

Drive from Ise to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ise in March since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and then admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Ginza and then take a stroll through Odaiba District.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kanazawa in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.