31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bratislava
Bus + Fly:  18​h
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Kita
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 1 night
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  16​h 15​min
End: Bratislava

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner .

Bratislava, Slovakia to Hiroshima is an approximately 18-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. In May, Hiroshima is somewhat warmer than Bratislava - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Himeji

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Himeji online trip maker .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Another option is to drive. In May, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, explore and take pictures at Nagoya Stadium, take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nagoya road trip tool .

Getting from Himeji to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Chubu Park, Inuyama Castle, Nabana no Sato
Highlights from your plan
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

5
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Kita is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kita trip site .

Drive from Kyoto to Kita in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Onna-son (Cape Manzamo & Manza Beach), Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son) and Furuzamami Beach (in Zamami-son). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Fukushu-en Garden, kick back and relax at Tropical Beach, and stroll through Nirai Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Naha travel route planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kita to Naha. Traveling from Kita in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Naha. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Sefa-Utaki, Nirai Beach, Furuzamami Beach, Michi-no-Eki Kadena
Highlights from your plan
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

1
night
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
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.
On the 21st (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and train from Naha to Nagasaki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Naha in May, plan for little chillier nights in Nagasaki, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Takayama Jinya, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, & more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kanazawa Castle Park, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nagasaki to Kanazawa in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nagasaki in May since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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.
Have a day of magic on the 30th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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