31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
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Sasebo
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Ikspiari & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

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

Charlotte, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Tokyo is 14 hours. When traveling from Charlotte in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 3 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Yamanakako-mura (Hirano Lake Shore & Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck) and Hakone-machi (Little Prince Museum, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda, and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are little chillier, around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter & Ohara Museum of Art) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Senjokaku, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March: highs in Hiroshima hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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 16th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura and then relax in the rural setting at Sato Fruit Kobo.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji vacation app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Himeji, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Motobu-cho

— 3 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son), Ginoza Roadside Station (in Ginoza-son) and Onna-son (Blue Cave, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho trip planning tool.

You can fly from Himeji to Motobu-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in March: high temperatures in Motobu-cho hover around 70°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Sasebo.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sasebo

— 3 nights
With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nagasaki (Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, &more), Akaeza (in Arita-cho) and Takeo no Okusu (in Takeo). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch, take in nature's colorful creations at Tenkaiho, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yumihari.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sasebo sightseeing tool.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Sasebo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, Sasebo is little chillier than Motobu-cho - with highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa road trip planner.

You can fly from Sasebo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sasebo in March, with highs in Kanazawa at 52°F and lows at 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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 out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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.