30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Tram to Hamamatsucho, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kamakura
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Suganuma Gassho Community (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online tour builder.

Dallas, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Dallas to Kanazawa. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Dallas in June; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 76°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, stop by Gion, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Osaka

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In June in Osaka, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Himeji

— 1 night
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 13th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Himeji online route planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Osaka in June: highs in Himeji hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip planning website.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Motobu-cho

— 2 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally kick back and relax at Emerald Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm, then head outdoors with Akabaka Beach, and finally head outdoors with Bisezaki.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in June, expect Motobu-cho to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, walk around Kabira Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Fly from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. June in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 81°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Kamakura.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Kamakura

— 3 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.
Kamakura is known for historic sites, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), make a trip to Kōtoku-in, and head off the coast to Enoshima Island.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kamakura trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Kamakura in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in June; daily highs in Kamakura reach 71°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kamakura in June, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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.