31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Osaka International Airport, Drive to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 4 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly

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Kyoto

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Mizuno Sportology Gallery & Universal Studios Japan). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday planner.

Saltillo, Mexico to Kyoto is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saltillo in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Himeji

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Hattoji Furusatomura (in Bizen). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji travel route builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Himeji, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more), Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

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Take a train from Himeji to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Himeji in May since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Fujiyoshida (Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja & Chureito Pagoda), Keigashima Canyon (in Susono) and Kusushi Shrine (in Fujinomiya). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker website.

Fly from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in May, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Akihabara, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and stroll around Ueno Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. On the 30th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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.