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
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima

— 2 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 some cultural insight at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Hiroshima Museum of Art and Honkawa Peace Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Itsukushima Shrine). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

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Barcelona, Spain to Hiroshima is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hiroshima, with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kannondo, get engrossed in the history at 26 Martyrs Museum, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, then examine the collection at Dejima, and finally see the interesting displays at Kyugosho Memorial Exhibit.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Himeji

— 1 night
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 22nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji journey planning app.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Himeji in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Himeji sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

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.
You'll explore and learn at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Do some cultural sightseeing at Osaka Castle and Dotombori District. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Koshien History Museum (in Nishinomiya), Koya-cho (Kumagai-ji Temple, Torodo Temple, &more) and Nara (Nara Park, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get engrossed in the history at Peace Osaka, and explore the world behind art at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka travel route planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Himeji, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ryoanji Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ginkakuji Temple. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planning website.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Museum-lovers will appreciate Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Binen Yumeromu Museum (in Shirakawa-mura) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), &more). There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa planning site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Matsumoto

— 3 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Matsumoto Castle and Prince & Skyline Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Japan Ukiyo-e Museum and Chihiro Art Museum Azumino. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Okaya (Okaya Silk Museum & Ilf Doga Museum) and Omachi (Museum of Salt Road chojiya Yabusame Hall & Nishinashinmeigu). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Japan Folklore Museum.

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Drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 8th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Court Doll Master Hisashige Ito XII Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Pola Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Matsumoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
You'll explore and learn at Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Western Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Ginza, learn about all things military at Yushukan, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

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Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.