30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Bus:  10 h
1
Kobe
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Ferry:  3 h
2
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Yuzawa-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Koshu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Hakone-machi
— 1 day
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then make a trip to Otemae Street.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip site.

Singapore, Singapore to Kobe is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Kobe is 1 hour. In December, Kobe is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Himeji
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Otemae Street ©
Otemae Street

2
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ando Museum.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Naoshima-cho road trip planning tool.

Getting from Kobe to Naoshima-cho by combination of train, bus, and ferry takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December in Naoshima-cho, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 10th (Thu), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Art House Project ©
Art House Project

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dotonbori, Minami (Namba), Osaka Castle Park, and other attractions you added. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple).

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary app .

Osaka is very close to Kobe. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kids Plaza Osaka ©
Kids Plaza Osaka

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.
Kids will enjoy Toei Kyoto Studio Park and Monkey Park Iwatayama. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online vacation planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Kobe in September, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 21st (Mon), examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read our Nagoya day trip planning app .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nagoya in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Nagoya, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

4
nights
Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Naeba Ski Resort as well as Mt. Naeba. Attractions like Gangidori and Yuzawa Kogen make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Kagura Ski Resort, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tanigawa, and walk around Yuzawa Central Park.

Plan trip to Yuzawa-machi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Nagoya to Yuzawa-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Koshu.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Naeba ©
Mt. Naeba
Gangidori ©
Gangidori
Mount Tanigawa ©
Mount Tanigawa

2
nights
Koshu

Koshu ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): let little ones run wild at Yamanashi Fuehukigawa Fruit Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, appreciate the views at Itajiki Valley, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takeda Shrine, and finally do a tasting at Mars Yamanashi Winery. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center, make a trip to Kinbaraen, then admire the natural beauty at Herb Garden Tabinikki, and finally don't miss a visit to Budonooka Wine Strage.

To find where to stay, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Koshu journey planner.

Traveling by car from Yuzawa-machi to Koshu takes 4 hours. December in Koshu sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Koshu

Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Yamanashi, Kofu, Mars Yamanashi Winery, Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center
Highlights from your plan
Yamanashi Fuehukigawa Fruit Park ©
Yamanashi Fuehukigawa Fruit Park
Spas

1
day
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Koshu to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. In December in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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.
Kids will enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. On the 2nd (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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