30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Nikko
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Shizuoka
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Naha
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Tenshukakau Observatory, &more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planning website.

London, UK to Kanazawa is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Kanazawa. Traveling from London in September, expect Kanazawa to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nikko

— 3 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.
Step out of Nikko with an excursion to Ryuka Waterfall in Nasushiobara--about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, explore the activities along Lake Kirikomiko Karikomiko, don't miss a visit to Senjogahara Field, and take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nikko tour planning app.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Nikko takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nikko, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 4 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's lots more 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 wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Shizuoka

— 3 nights
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
Venture out of the city with trips to Onshirin Garden (in Fujiyoshida), Fuji (Mount Fuji Children's World & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Fujinomiya (Waketamaike Spring, Shiraito Falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, play a few rounds at Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course, enjoy the sand and surf at Ita Beach, and cool off at Fureai Pool Tamaho.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Shizuoka travel route planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Shizuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Shizuoka, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Four-M & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip website.

Getting from Shizuoka to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Shizuoka, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Himeji

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Ako City Folk Shiryokan (in Ako), Akashi (Matsue Swimming Beach & Amore Beach) and Kobe (Suma Beach & Onsen Resorts). There's much more to do: make a trip to Himeji Castle, snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Himeji online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September in Himeji, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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 22nd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then pick up some new knowledge with SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then head off the coast to Miyajima.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Naha

— 3 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Motobu-cho (Bisezaki, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more), Onna-son (Blue Cave, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, get outside with Nishibama Beach, and make a trip to Kokusaidori.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Naha road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Naha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In September, Naha is somewhat warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and head outdoors with Yarabudake.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki holiday builder app.

Getting from Naha to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.