30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

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Narita
Train
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Nikko
— 1 day
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tateyama
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train
10
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Shikokuchuo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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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.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Narita trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Narita is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Narita due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Narita to be a bit warmer, temps between 73°F and 55°F. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 6th (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.
On the 7th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, then take a stroll through Shibuya Center-gai, and finally take in a show at Robot Restaurant.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker tool.

Take a train from Narita to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Narita in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and then snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge.

Plan a trip to Nikko easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): wander the streets of Asakusa, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, and then walk around Ueno Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Ginza, then get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, then stop by Yokohama Chinatown, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in May: highs in Tokyo hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tateyama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Tateyama

— 2 nights
Tateyama is a city located in southern Chiba Prefecture, Japan. On the 11th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Nokogiriyama Nihonji Tenbodai and then get in on the family fun at Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tanjoji, then get in on the family fun at Kamogawa Sea World, and then make a trip to Cape Nojima.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tateyama holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Tateyama takes 2 hours. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tateyama, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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 next day: take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Tateyama to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hakone-machi are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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 15th (Sat): wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm, then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Norikura Kogen.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto road trip tool.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Matsumoto, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, hike along Nakasendo Magome-juku, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine. On the next day, stop by Nakamachi Street, visit Matsumoto Castletown Springs, and then relax in the rural setting at Daio Wasabi Farm.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Matsumoto trip itinerary builder tool.

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the 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 take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nagoya day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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 21st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ako Oishi Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Remains of Ako Castle, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Himeji, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Shikokuchuo.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Shikokuchuo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 25th (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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unbenji Temple, then stroll around Kotohiki Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Kanei Tsuho Zenigata.

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You can drive from Himeji to Shikokuchuo in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Shikokuchuo are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): head off the coast to Miyajima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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 ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Shikokuchuo to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) 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 29th (Sat), walk 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, then take in panoramic vistas at Fukuoka Tower, and then get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip maker.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In May, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly 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.
On the 31st (Mon), make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Kobe City NAdaku Cherry Blossoms Tunnel, then admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kobe trip planning app.

Fly from Fukuoka to Kobe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Fukuoka in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kobe: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car 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 3rd (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online travel planner.

Drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple and then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

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You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): don't miss a visit 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 appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa Rocks.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ise trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Ise takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nara in June: highs in Ise hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can 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 9th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally walk around Kenrokuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and finally stroll around Uchinada-cho Park.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Ise in June, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 2 nights
On the 11th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and then admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Ginza and then take a stroll through Odaiba District.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary planning app.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. On the 13th (Sun), 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.