30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Nagano
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Onna-son
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
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Tokyo

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and Kōtoku-in. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Hakone Shisseikaen, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more), Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take an in-depth tour of Yushukan, and engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo is 8 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nagano

— 4 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan). Get some historical perspective at Zenko-ji Temple and Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Explore Nagano's surroundings by going to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi), Kaio-in Temple (in Komoro) and Kaichi Gakko Primary School (in Matsumoto). Next up on the itinerary: get a tailor-made plan with Snow Monkey Resorts and stroll through Ike no Taira Shitsugen.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nagano trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in October, with highs in Nagano at 21°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, cast your line with Hero Tour Japan, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto National Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagano to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nagano in October, with highs in Kyoto at 27°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cape Hirakubozaki and Oganzaki Lighthouse. Spend 17th (Mon) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

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You can fly from Kyoto to Ishigaki in 4.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Onna-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Onna-son

— 4 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Shurijo Castle and Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Nakijin-son (Nakijin Castle Ruins & USS Emmons), Japanguide Junko (in Nago) and Motobu-cho (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium & Sesoko Labyrinth). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the gorgeous colors at Manza Dream Hole, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunabe No.1.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Onna-son online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Onna-son takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 3 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Dejima. Glover Garden and Catholic Church Hongouchi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ōura Church, and take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki online route planner.

You can fly from Onna-son to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Onna-son in October; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 28°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Outdoor Trips & Miyajima). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle and then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip 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 October, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.