30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

Make it your trip
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Ishigaki

— 5 nights
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, and look for gifts at Yurateiku Market.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip builder site.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 6 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in June, expect Ishigaki to be slightly colder, temps between 37°C and 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima online holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Ishigaki in June, things will get little chillier in Hiroshima: highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Himeji

— 1 night
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 10th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Himeji, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotombori District or Nishiki Market Shopping District. Change things up with a short trip to Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori in Dotombori (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, go for a walk through Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning site.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Senkoji Temple (in Tonami). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa journey planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Takayama

— 3 nights
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.
Do your shopping at Hida Jizakekura Honten and Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Takayama road trip planning app.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Takayama sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, walk around Azumino Chihiro Park, then gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, and finally explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, make a trip to Horigane Bussan Center, then boost your wellbeing at Hachimen Daio Ashiyu, then explore the activities along Myojin Pond, and finally get outside with Mt. KItahodaka.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto journey app.

Getting from Takayama to Matsumoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Akihabara, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and visit Odaiba District.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks

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.