30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Seoul
Train + Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train + Bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Kita
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45​min
7
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
8
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  5​h
End: Seoul

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu). There's still lots to do: stroll through Odori Park, hit the slopes at Mt. Okura Observatory, steep yourself in history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo holiday planning app .

Seoul, South Korea to Sapporo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Seoul in September, Sapporo is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Jigokudani, Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

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

You can do a combination of flight and train from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or take a train. Traveling from Sapporo in September, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan

6
nights
Tokyo

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 12th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

4
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Atami Sun Beach (in Atami). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi driving holiday website .

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Kita.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Baths

Side Trips

Lake Kawaguchi, Atami Sun Beach, Mount Fuji
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Kita is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in the views from Oe Bridge, and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kita trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Explore your travel options from Hakone-machi to Kita with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in September: highs in Kita hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

5
nights
Kyoto

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto day trip website .

Traveling by car from Kita to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
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 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip builder tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In September in Himeji, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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