30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia trip planner

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Asakusa Shrine. Visit Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Kencho-ji Temple for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Fujiko F Fujio Museum (in Kawasaki), Kishamichi Promenade (in Yokohama) and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at teamLab☆Planets, explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jindai-ji Temple.

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

Miami, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Miami to Tokyo is 14 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Miami in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 2 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sapporo Clock Tower are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Royce' Chocolate World and Thermal Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima (in Kitahiroshima), Chitose (Chitose Outlet Mall Rera & New Chitose Airport Terminal) and Lake Utonai Sanctuary (in Tomakomai). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Hokkaido University Museum, don't miss a visit to Tanukikoji Shopping Street, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, and view the masterpieces at Kita Ichijo Sapporo History Photo Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Sapporo trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in November, you will find days in Sapporo are colder (6°C), and nights are little chillier (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can fly to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sapporo

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daishoin Temple and Mitaki Temple. Head to Schmoe House and Ekiefor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Momijidani Park (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Shiraito River, &more) and Oyamazumi Shrine (in Imabari). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tomo no Ura, examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and explore the world behind art at Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip planner.

Fly from Sapporo to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Sapporo in November, plan for much hotter days in Hiroshima, with highs around 20°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stop by Omizosuji Shopping Street.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Himeji online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Miho Museum (in Koka), Myokanji Temple (in Konan) and Ritsuin Temple (in Otsu). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Yasaka Shrine, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can fly to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 4 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine and Yohashira Shrine. You'll explore and learn at Takayama Showa Museum and Hikaru Museum. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Nishinashinmeigu (in Omachi), Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura) and Takayama (Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan) & Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato)). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on Snow Monkey Resorts, admire the sheer force of Zengoro Fall, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sogen-ji Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip tool.

Fly from Kyoto to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kyoto in November, with highs in Matsumoto at 14°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, admire the natural beauty at Hakone Shisseikaen, see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, then get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and finally delve into the distant past at Yamanaka Castle Ruins.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi sightseeing planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Matsumoto in November since evenings lows in Hakone-machi dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 2 nights
On the 25th (Thu), browse the different shops at Marunouchi Brick Square. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshogu Shrine, then make a trip to University of Tokyo, and finally stroll around Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Japan travel guide

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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.

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.