31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Guwahati
Taxi + Fly:  19 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Kita
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5 h 30 min
8
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Guwahati

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Ginza and Harajuku Takeshita-dori. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Odaiba, and shop like a local with Asakusa.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

Guwahati, India to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Guwahati to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Guwahati in September, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): trek along Forest Therapy Road Okushiga Shirakaba Enro Course and then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi holiday site .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get slightly colder in Yamanouchi-machi: highs are around 21°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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.
Popular historic sites such as Matsumoto Castle and Kaichi Gakko Primary School are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Norikura Kogen and Mt. Jonen. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Kurumayama Highland (in Chino) and Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Jinya, & more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Nakamachi Street.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip planner.

Getting from Yamanouchi-machi to Matsumoto by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. October in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Takayama, Kurumayama Highland
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Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

4
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Visiting Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi will get you outdoors. Take a break from Hakone-machi with a short trip to Atami Sun Beach in Atami, about 42 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and identify plant and animal life at Hakone Shisseikaen.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi, Atami Sun Beach, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park ©
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotonbori and Museum of Oriental Ceramics. Head to Shinsaibashi and Minami (Namba)for some retail therapy.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kita holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hakone-machi to Kita. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, expect nights in Kita to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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.
Get some cultural insight at Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Heian Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kyoto Imperial Palace, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Kita to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Yabiji. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maja Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Miyakojima by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Miyakojima: highs are around 33°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

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