31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Narita
— 1 night
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fuji
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naruto
— 2 nights
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Tottori
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Kahenomori Art Museum in Koganei--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and get a taste of the local shopping with Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planner.

Casablanca, Morocco to Tokyo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In January, Tokyo is little chillier than Casablanca - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Narita

— 1 night
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, then get curious at Museum of Aeronautical Sciences, then take an in-depth tour of Narita Airport and Community Historical Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Japanese History.

For where to stay and tourist information, read our Narita trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Narita in an hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Narita when traveling from Tokyo in January, with lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Narita

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ikeda museum of 20th century art and Hakone Venetian Glass Museum. Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Mountaineering Gear Rental Shop La Mont, Lake Kawaguchi, &more) and Shiraito Falls (in Fujinomiya). It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi online trip planner.

You can drive from Narita to Hakone-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Narita in January: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fuji.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Fuji

— 1 night
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Hatago Pond, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwamoto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Waketamaike Spring.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fuji travel planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Fuji in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Hakone-machi in January, expect nights in Fuji to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Maiko Antiques Kyoto. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Katsura Imperial Villa.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto online vacation builder.

Getting from Fuji to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Fuji in January since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotombori District and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Nara (Experience YAMATO, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Koyasan Okunoin). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and stop by Four-M.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka journey planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kobe Fashion Museum, get outside with Hara Hirone Road, then admire the verdant scenery at Mukogawa Valley, then cruise along Royu Driveway, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then make a trip to Ishoan, and finally shop like a local with ART NOMURA.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kobe, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Shopping

Side Trips

Naruto

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): look for gifts at Mori Toki, cruise along Naruto Skyline, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, then contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Strait, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Senjojiki Observation Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, take an in-depth tour of Naruto City Kagawa Toyohiko Memorial Hall, explore the activities along Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, then examine the collection at Tokushimacity Tengu Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Bizan, and finally examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Naruto road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Naruto takes 1.5 hours. In February in Naruto, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tottori.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tottori

— 2 nights
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Tottori Sand Dunes, admire the masterpieces at The Sand Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, then see the interesting displays at San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at Uradome Coast, then take in the natural beauty of Arayu, and then examine the collection at Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tottori driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Naruto to Tottori by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Naruto in February since evenings lows in Tottori dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks · Nature · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Miyajima and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Itsukushima Shrine in Hatsukaichi, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima itinerary planning app.

Getting from Tottori to Hiroshima by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, 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. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, examine the collection at Dejima, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, examine the collection at Gunkanjima Digital Museum, then get engrossed in the history at 26 Martyrs Museum, and finally examine the collection at Kyugosho Memorial Exhibit.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Japan travel guide

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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.

Chiba Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Disney Parks & Activities · Historic Sites · Parks
Chiba Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region and the Greater Tokyo Area. The sixth most populous prefecture, and 27th largest by land area, Chiba is on the east coast of Honshu and largely consists of the Bōsō Peninsula, which encloses the eastern side of Tokyo Bay. Its capital is Chiba City.EtymologyThe name of Chiba Prefecture in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "thousand" and the second, means "leaves". The name first appears as an ancient kuni no miyatsuko, or regional command office, as the Chiba Kuni no Miyatsuko. The name was adopted by a branch of the Taira clan, which moved to the area in present-day Chiba City in the late Heian period. The branch of the Taira adopted the name and became the Chiba clan, and held strong influence over the area of the prefecture until the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The name "Chiba" was chosen for the prefecture at the time its creation in 1873 by the, an early Meiji-period body of prefectural governors that met to decide the structure of local and regional administration in Japan.The compound word, which refers to the Tokyo-Chiba region, is formed from the second character in Tokyo, and the second character in Chiba, which can also be pronounced “kei” and “yō” respectively. This compound is used in terms such as the Keiyō Line, Keiyō Road, Keiyō Rinkai Railway Rinkai Main Line, and the Keiyō Industrial Zone.

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Kanagawa Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Historic Sites
Kanagawa Prefecture is a prefecture located in southern Kantō region of Japan. The capital of the prefecture is Yokohama. Kanagawa is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Kanagawa Prefecture is home to Kamakura and Hakone, two highly popular side trip destinations from Tokyo.HistoryThe prefecture has some archaeological sites going back to the Jōmon period (around 400 BCE). About 3,000 years ago, Mount Hakone produced a volcanic explosion which resulted in Lake Ashi on the western area of the prefecture.It is believed that the Yamato dynasty ruled this area from the 5th century onwards. In the ancient era, its plains were very sparsely inhabited.In medieval Japan, Kanagawa was part of the provinces of Sagami and Musashi. Kamakura in central Sagami was the capital of Japan during the Kamakura period (1185–1333).During the Edo period, the western part of Sagami Province was governed by the daimyō of Odawara Castle, while the eastern part was directly governed by the Tokugawa shogunate in Edo (Tokyo).

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Tottori Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Sacred & Religious Sites
Tottori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region. The capital is the city of Tottori. It is the least populous prefecture in Japan.EtymologyThe word "Tottori" in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "bird" and the second, means "to get". Early residents in the area made their living catching the region's plentiful waterfowl. The name first appears in the Nihon shoki in the 23rd year of the Emperor Suiko when Yukuha Tana, an elder from the Izumo, visits the emperor. The imperial Prince Homatsu-wake was unable to speak, despite being 30 years of age. "Yukuha Tana presented the swan to the emperor. Homatsu-wake no Mikoto played with this swan and at last learned to speak. Therefore, Yukaha Tana was liberally rewarded, and was granted the title of Tottori no Miyakko." (Aston, translation)HistoryEarly historyTottori Prefecture was settled very early in the prehistoric period of Japan, as evidenced by remains from the Jōmon period (14,000 - 300 BC). The prefecture has the remains of the largest known Yayoi period (300 BC - 250 AD) settlement in Japan, the Mukibanda Yayoi remains, located in the low foothills of Mount Daisen in the cities of Daisen and Yonago. Numerous kofun tumuli from the Kofun period (250 - 538) are located across the prefecture. In 645, under the Taika reforms, the area in present-day Tottori Prefecture became two provinces, Hōki and Inaba.

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