30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Fujinomiya
— 1 night
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Shimoda
— 3 nights
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Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Okinawa City
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Okinawa City
— 2 nights
Drive to Naha Airport, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 8 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.
Visiting Tokyo Gaijins - Day Tours and Tokyo Dome City will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan capture your imagination. There's much more to do: visit Odaiba District, take a stroll through Ginza, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in August, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Fujinomiya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Fujinomiya

— 1 night
Sitting on the southwest slopes of Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya makes a popular starting point for climbing trips to the famous mountain's summit.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get curious at Tokai University Marine Science Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, then take a peaceful walk through Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Fujinomiya City Hall 7th Floor Observatory Lobby. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fujinomiya online travel planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Fujinomiya by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujinomiya: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shimoda.

Things to do in Fujinomiya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Shimoda

— 3 nights
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
On the 11th (Wed), stroll through Shirahama Beach, don't miss a visit to Perry Road, then steep yourself in history at Former Sawamura Residence, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yumigahama Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Tatadohama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sotoura Beach, see the interesting displays at Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion, contemplate the long history of Mt. Amagi Tunnel (Former Amagi Tunnel), then take in the dramatic scenery at Joren Waterfall, then learn more about the world around you at Joren Falls Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Shimoda route planner.

You can drive from Fujinomiya to Shimoda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Shimoda are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Okinawa City.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Okinawa City

— 2 nights
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): Head underground at Blue Cave, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Ojana Menuka, then stroll through Sunset Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and finally explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Okinawa City online vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Shimoda to Okinawa City with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imaise Shrine, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima holiday planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okinawa City to Hiroshima. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, enjoy the sand and surf at Suma Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Amore Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Matsue Swimming Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kobe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In August in Kobe, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hero Tour Japan and Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura. For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Sanbido Karasuma Honten. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, visit Arashiyama, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning website.

Take a train from Kobe to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Kobe in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka

— 3 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Osaka Castle and Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, admire the masterpieces at Koyano Museum of Antique Main Building, take an in-depth tour of Peace Osaka, and take a stroll around Daimaru Museum Umeda.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.