31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Drive to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Nagasaki
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Nagasaki
— 1 day
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Drive to Bilaspur

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Nagasaki

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip tool.

Bilaspur, India to Nagasaki is an approximately 21-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bilaspur to Nagasaki is 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bilaspur in December; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 13°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip planning website.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Himeji

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.
On the 6th (Sun), go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Minoo Park (in Mino) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka tour planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Koya-cho

Explore Koya-cho's surroundings by going to Hatenashi Shuraku (in Totsukawa-mura), Mt.Takami (in Matsusaka) and Yunokuchi Onsen (in Kumano).

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Koya-cho holiday planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto route planner.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

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Kanazawa

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: Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Waku Pond (in Oshino-mura), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Itchiku Kubota Art Museum & Lake Kawaguchi) and Chureito Pagoda (in Fujiyoshida). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and take in panoramic vistas at Tenkakudai.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi route builder site.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Akihabara, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker tool.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (14°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

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.