31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Calgary
Fly + Train:  14 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Bus + Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Calgary

5
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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, Hase-dera Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planning site.

Calgary, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 16 hours. Traveling from Calgary in May, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are much warmer (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Onshirin Garden (in Fujiyoshida), Fujinomiya (Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine & Kusushi Shrine) and Izu (Banjo Falls, Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba, &more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, walk around Arakurayama Sengen Park, take in panoramic vistas at Nakanokura Pass Observation Point, and appreciate the views at Taba Canyon.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi online trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in May: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Izu, Fujiyoshida, Fujinomiya, Ryugatake, Asaya Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba ©
Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba

4
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more), Zenko-ji Temple (in Nagano) and Hakubaoike (in Otari-mura). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, and cruise along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Matsumoto, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Takayama, Tateyama-machi, Zenko-ji Temple, Mt.Takatsuma, Hakubaoike
Highlights from your plan
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Nanto (Angoji Temple & Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa vacation planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Kanazawa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Shimai Falls (in Akiota-cho) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip maker site.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Kanazawa to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Shimai Falls
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Tomita Chausuyama Tomb (in Sanuki), Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso) and Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, stroll around Nishiharima Observatory Park, relax in the rural setting at Nanaku Strawberry Farm, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hattoji Furusatomura.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Himeji trip maker website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Okayama, Tomita Chausuyama Tomb, Kunimi no Mori Park, Ohara Museum of Art, Nishiharima Observatory Park
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Rakusai Chikurin Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel route planning site.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Himeji, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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