30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive
5
Nagano
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
9
Kobe
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Fly
11
Sapporo
— 3 nights
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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.
You've added Takeshita Street, Asakusa, Odaiba District, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and walk around Rikugien Garden.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder app.

Knoxville, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Knoxville to Tokyo is 14 hours. Traveling from Knoxville in November, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Tours
Highlights from your trip
Odaiba District ©
Neighborhood
Odaiba District
4.2
Tokyo Tower ©
Architectural Building
Tokyo Tower
4.2

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Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Thermal Spas as well as Okada Museum of Art. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), hike along Hakone Stoneā€paved Road, and explore the striking landscape of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi travel route builder site.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Water Body
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
4.1

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Fujikawaguchiko-machi

A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fuji-Q Highland as well as Ide Sake Brewery. Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Taba Canyon (in Tabayama-mura), Nishizawa Valley (in Yamanashi) and Itajiki Valley (in Kofu). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, and do a tasting at Asaya Winery.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip maker tool.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Theme Park
Fuji-Q Highland
4.1
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Water Body
Lake Kawaguchi
4.5
Mount Fuji ©
World heritage site
Mount Fuji
4.5

1
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Matsumoto

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.
You've now added Yubatake to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Yubatake and then explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto day trip website.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 42°F in Matsumoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Yubatake ©
Hot Spring
Yubatake
4.5

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Nagano

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nozawa Onsen. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): soak in some Japanese tradition at Nozawa Onsen, then surround yourself with nature on Snow Monkey Resorts, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nagano tour site.

Getting from Matsumoto to Nagano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in November, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Baths

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Nozawa Onsen ©
Ski Area
Nozawa Onsen
4.7

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto visit planning site.

Take a train from Nagano to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, subway, and flight. In November, Kyoto is somewhat warmer than Nagano - with highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Highlights from your trip
Arashiyama ©
Neighborhood
Arashiyama
4.3

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Nara

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.
You've now added Hirakata T-Site to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Byodoin and then browse the different shops at Hirakata T-Site.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nara online tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In November, daytime highs in Nara are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Todai-ji Temple ©
World heritage site
Todai-ji Temple
4.7
Nara Park ©
Wildlife Area
Nara Park
4.5
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Religious Site
Kasuga Grand Shrine
4.4

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Osaka

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and Osaka Free Walking Tour. Go for a jaunt from Osaka to Koya-cho to see Mt. Koya about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

Plan my day in Osaka using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Mt. Koya ©
Mountain
Mt. Koya
4.6
Osaka Castle ©
Castle
Osaka Castle
4.0
Dotombori District ©
Neighborhood
Dotombori District
4.0

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Kobe

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kobe Harborland as well as Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kobe: Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Akamon Oneribei (in Nishinomiya). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Royu Driveway, make a trip to Kobe Gas Light Street (Ampan Man Street), and take a leisurely stroll along Kobe Port Shinko Dai 1 Tottei.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe day trip planning website.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kobe are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Himeji Castle ©
World heritage site
Himeji Castle
4.5
Koko-en ©
Garden
Koko-en
4.4
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Landmark
Shoshazan Engyoji
4.8

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Hiroshima

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 (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip builder website.

You can take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Highlights from your trip
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Historic Site
Atomic Bomb Dome
4.7
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
World heritage site
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
4.7

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Sapporo

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll around Odori Park, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, then fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and finally walk around Nakajima Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tomioka Catholic Church, then don't miss a visit to Otaru Canal, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Sapporo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 42°F to lows of 38°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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