30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Narita
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 1 day
Drive
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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
Train
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shikokuchuo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive
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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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Tokyo
— 2 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.
For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Narita trip itinerary builder.

Melbourne, Australia to Narita is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Narita. Traveling from Melbourne in March, you will find days in Narita are cooler (15°C), and nights are slightly colder (3°C). You will leave for Tokyo on the 2nd (Thu).

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 3rd (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, then make a trip to Shibuya Center-gai, and finally take in a show at Robot Restaurant.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tokyo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Narita to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

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 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and then snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nikko online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites

Tokyo

— 2 nights
On the 5th (Sun), visit Asakusa, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, and then stroll around Ueno Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): visit Ginza, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, then get a taste of the local shopping with Yokohama Chinatown, and finally don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in March, expect nights in Tokyo to be slightly colder, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tateyama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Tateyama

— 2 nights
Tateyama is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from 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: contemplate the long history of Tanjoji, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Kamogawa Sea World, and then don't miss a visit to Cape Nojima.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tateyama trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Tateyama by car takes about 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tateyama when traveling from Tokyo in March, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tateyama

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): get great views at Hakone Ropeway, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, then get impressive views of Mount Fuji, and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

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Drive from Tateyama to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tateyama in March; daily highs in Hakone-machi reach 9°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Norikura Kogen.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto driving holiday site.

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. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Hakone-machi in March since evenings lows in Matsumoto dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, then trek along Nakasendo Magome-juku, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suwa Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Nakamachi Street, stop by Matsumoto Castletown Springs, and then relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip itinerary planning site.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then walk around Tsuruma Park, then step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Nagoya TV Tower.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya road trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in March, Nagoya is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip site.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the 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.
On the 19th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ako Oishi Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Remains of Ako Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Himeji visit planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) 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 21st (Tue): go deep underground at Besshi Copper Mine Memorial Museum and then let little ones run wild at Minetopia Besshi. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Hōnen'ike Dam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unbenji Temple, then walk around Kotohiki Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Kanei Tsuho Zenigata.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Shikokuchuo trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Shikokuchuo takes 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Shikokuchuo can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Shikokuchuo

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Baths

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): head off the coast to Miyajima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then pause for some photo ops at 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, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Shikokuchuo to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll around Ohori Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, then take in nature's colorful creations at Komyozen-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Nokonoshima Island, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, and then get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In March, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Kobe.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Kobe City NAdaku Cherry Blossoms Tunnel, then admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kobe trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Kobe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Fukuoka in March, plan for little chillier days in Kobe, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Neighborhoods · 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 30th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple and then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally walk around Nara Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Nara, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) 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.
On the 3rd (Mon), make a trip to Okage Yokocho, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, make a trip to Oharai-machi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa Rocks.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ise holiday website.

Drive from Nara to Ise in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Nara in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Ise, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, then contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and finally stroll around Uchinada-cho Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa attractions planner.

Getting from Ise to Kanazawa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 8°C in Kanazawa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 2 nights
On the 7th (Fri), examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station. On your second day here, take a stroll through Ginza and then take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation builder website.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.