30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Atami
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Nakatsugawa
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Totsukawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Kochi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Kotohira-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Naruto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Okayama
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
10
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
11
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
12
Nara
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
13
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Berlin

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hase-dera Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), & more), Narita (Naritasan Omote Sando & Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple) and Minato Mirai 21 (in Yokohama). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, take a stroll through Ueno, and examine the collection at Fire Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Berlin, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Berlin to Tokyo. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Atami.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Narita, Minato Mirai 21
Highlights from your plan
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

3
nights
Atami

Atami ©
With Atami's relative proximity to the nation's capital, this beach resort town draws its fair share of visitors--though holidays in Atami are not just a matter of convenience.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiunkaku and Samukawa Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pola Museum of Art and Lalique Museum Hakone. Change things up with these side-trips from Atami: Hakone-machi (Hakone Museum of Art & Okada Museum of Art), Terugasaki Beach (in Oiso-machi) and Ito (Mount Omuro & Jogasaki Coast).

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Atami trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Atami takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in September, you will find days in Atami are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Atami

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Ito, Samukawa Shrine, Terugasaki Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Takayama journey builder site .

Traveling by car from Atami to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Atami in September: highs in Takayama hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Baths Spas
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

1
night
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): cool off at Kur Resort Yubunesawa and then trek along Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail.

For more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Nakatsugawa trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nakatsugawa takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Totsukawa-mura.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Theme Parks Baths Spas
Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail

2
nights
Totsukawa-mura

Totsukawa-mura ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Kii Mountains, then make a trip to Tanizeno Tsuribashi, then make a trip to 十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail, and finally take an in-depth tour of Totsukawamura Rekishi Minzoku Shiryokan. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take in the awesome beauty at Tamakiyama, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamaki Shrine, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Juni Falls.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Totsukawa-mura road trip planning tool .

Getting from Nakatsugawa to Totsukawa-mura by car takes about 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Totsukawa-mura

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kinki
Highlights from your plan
十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail ©
十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail
Tamaki Shrine ©
Tamaki Shrine
Tanizeno Tsuribashi ©
Tanizeno Tsuribashi

1
night
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and finally kick back and relax at Katsura Hama.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kochi journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Totsukawa-mura to Kochi takes 7 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kotohira-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama

1
night
Kotohira-cho

Kotohira-cho ©
Known only for being the home of the Kompirasan Shrine Complex, the tiny town of Kotohira-cho remains a popular day trip destination from larger nearby cities.
On the 10th (Thu), admire the striking features of Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zentsu-ji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Nogi Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu Shrine.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kotohira-cho attractions site .

Drive from Kochi to Kotohira-cho in 2 hours. In September in Kotohira-cho, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Kotohira-cho

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zentsuji
Highlights from your plan
Kotohira-gu Shrine ©
Kotohira-gu Shrine

1
night
Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the views from Onaruto Bridge and then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Naruto online vacation planner .

You can drive from Kotohira-cho to Naruto in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kotohira-cho in September, Naruto is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Okayama.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Onaruto Bridge ©
Onaruto Bridge

2
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and finally see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsuhiko Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Kinojo Castle, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Washu.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Okayama online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Naruto to Okayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Naruto in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Okayama, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Kinojo Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kibitsu Shrine ©
Kibitsu Shrine
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Kibitsuhiko Shrine ©
Kibitsuhiko Shrine

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 14th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planner .

Take a train from Okayama to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Kinkaku-ji and Tenryuji Temple. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Kyoto to go to Uji and see Mimurotoji Temple, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kifune-jinja Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gio-ji Temple, get great views at Mt. Kurama, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Mimurotoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Get some historical perspective at Toshodaiji Temple and Nigatsu-do Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horyu-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara), Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall (in Nabari) and Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Genpinan). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, steep yourself in history at Hieda Kango Shuraku Circular Moat Village, and get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nara online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. September in Nara sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sakurai, Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, Kashihara Jingu, Hieda Kango Shuraku Circular Moat Village, Muroji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple. Let the collections at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA and Kawasaki Good Times World capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Arima Onsen (in Kita), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Reihokan Museum & Koyasan Danjo Garan). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Dotonbori, examine the collection at Glico Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Kobe, Himeji Castle, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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