30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Erbil
+3
Fly + Train + Foot + Train:  21 h 15 min
1
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Erbil

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses), Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri (in Shika-machi) and Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, & more). The adventure continues: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online trip planner .

Erbil, Iraq to Kanazawa is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 6 hours. When traveling from Erbil in June, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Musee de la Fleur, Fleuri, Kuroshima Area
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto holiday maker tool .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Bizen (Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi & Hattoji Furusatomura), Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso) and Okayama (Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest & Korakuen Garden). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, go for a walk through Takeda Teramachi Street, and get to know the fascinating history of Chizushuku.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: highs in Himeji hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Okayama, Bizen, Kunimi no Mori Park, Takeda Teramachi Street, Nakayama Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Matsuyama (Matsuyama Castle & Onsen Resorts), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagasaki: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and examine the collection at Dejima.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki day trip website .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagao Castle Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Huis Ten Bosch
Highlights from your plan
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

7
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Have a day of magic on the 26th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Nagasaki to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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