30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
2
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
4
Himeji
— 4 nights
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Head to Ginza and Kimono Mefor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Hakone-machi (Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), &more) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Momiji Tunnel). And it doesn't end there: stop by Odaiba District, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and wander the streets of Takeshita Street.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo attractions planner.

Seattle, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from Seattle in April, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

5
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Ishigaki Yaima Village and Nei Museum of Art. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonehara Beach and Sukuji Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Iriomote-jima (Uehara & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, trek along Nosoko Forest Road, kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki journey builder tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in April; daily highs in Ishigaki reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Iriomote-jima
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Let the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Schmoe House capture your imagination. Miyajima and Atomic Bomb Dome will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo & Itsukushima Shrine). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip app.

Do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, Hiroshima is little chillier than Ishigaki - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

4
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Himeji Castle and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. Get some historical perspective at Nishi no Maru and Mikobata Senkojo Mine. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Kobe (Onsen Resorts, Kawasaki Good Times World, &more), Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum, Ohara Museum of Art, &more) and Tottori (The Sand Museum, Tottori Sand Dunes, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle Hishinomon.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji day trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Kobe, Kurashiki, Tottori, Mikobata Senkojo Mine
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

6
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.
Let the collections at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Tokugawa Art Museum capture your imagination. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more), Dotombori (Dotombori District & Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori) and Osaka (Koyano Museum of Antique Main Building, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Nijo Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum, get engrossed in the history at Peace Osaka, and examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto holiday builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Nagoya, Waju no Sato
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Escape the urban bustle at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Tojimbo Cliff. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Higashichaya Old Town. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Takaoka (Gallery Otera & Gallery Yotsui Artcrafts). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour builder tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Kanazawa, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takaoka, Tojimbo Cliff, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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