31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour itinerary builder site.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Hiroshima is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Riyadh in May, expect Hiroshima to be colder, temps between 28°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Himeji

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso), Tarumino Ozakura (in Yabu) and Takeda Teramachi Street (in Asago). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip planning app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Osaka

— 4 nights
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: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more), Okuyama Ameyama Nature Park (in Kumatori-cho) and Shukugawa Park (in Nishinomiya). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning app.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more), Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you will find days in Kanazawa are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
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: Fujiyoshida (Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja & Arakurayama Sengen Park), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Ide Sake Brewery) and Fujinomiya (Fujinomiya Route & Kusushi Shrine). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, walk around Onshi Hakone Park, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip builder website.

Fly from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 7 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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Akihabara, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.