30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Hakone-machi

— 5 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Let the collections at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hakone Museum of Art capture your imagination. It doesn't end there: get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip builder site.

Port Macquarie, Australia to Hakone-machi is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Port Macquarie in April; daily highs in Hakone-machi reach 15°C and lows reach 13°C. You will leave for Nagasaki on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums

Nagasaki

— 2 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.
To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Nagasaki by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, you will find days in Nagasaki are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). You'll set off for Hiroshima on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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.
Let the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Ohara Museum of Art capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Castle. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Kure (Hokaikan & Yamato Museum), Daishoin Temple (in Hatsukaichi) and Jusaburo Tsujimura-Museum Miyoshi History and Folklore Museum (in Miyoshi). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip planning website.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Himeji

— 2 nights
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 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally take an in-depth tour of Showa Retro Jokeikan. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Ako City Folk Shiryokan, then examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, then visit Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Himeji route planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Head to Dotombori District and Nishijin Textile Centerfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka) and Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo (in Namba). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Appreciate the collections at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Hida Takayama Museum of Art. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts and Higashichaya Old Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa road trip site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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. Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Senso-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba District, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, visit Akihabara, and explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planning website.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.