31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vilnius
Fly:  20​h
1
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Vilnius

2
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, head off the coast to Hashima Island, and get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki road trip planning website .

Vilnius, Lithuania to Nagasaki is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Vilnius to Nagasaki. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vilnius in May: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
Highlights from your plan
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, & more), Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima route planner .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Tottori Sand Dunes (in Tottori), Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, & more) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Himeji Castle, make a trip to Tarumino Ozakura, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Shikoku Mura Village, Tarumino Ozakura, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Mt. Takamikura
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
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 Konohana) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and admire the natural beauty at Rakusai Chikurin Park.

To see photos and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Himeji in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Tateyama-machi (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Yuki no Otani), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa travel route planning website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Takato Castle Remains Park (in Ina), Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip maker .

Getting from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Kanazawa in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 21°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Takato Castle Remains Park, Mount Fuji, Matsumoto Castle, Gotemba Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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