30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Fly
3
Nikko
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
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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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, approximately Osaka away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online visit planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In September, Kyoto is somewhat warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Koya-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Koya-cho trip maker app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Nikko

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Ryushun Fall (in Nasushiobara) and Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya). Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, stroll through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nikko vacation website.

You can fly from Koya-cho to Nikko in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 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 with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and stop by Odaiba District.

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You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Geta Waterfall, and then admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Kanazawa to Iriomote-jima in 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in September; daily highs in Iriomote-jima reach 37°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Spend 26th (Mon) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Akashi Beach.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki online trip itinerary maker.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Daishoin Temple, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Ishigaki in September, things will get a bit cooler in Hiroshima: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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.
On the 30th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle and then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Himeji are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your 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.