31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  10​h
1
Nagoya
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
6
Fukuoka
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Singapore

5
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Bring the kids along to Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Ise Ninja Kingdom, & more), Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island & Toba Aquarium) and Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Hotel Shima Spain Mura, walk around Chubu Park, make a trip to Nagoya Castle, and steep yourself in history at Nagoya Higashiyamaso.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip itinerary maker website .

Singapore, Singapore to Nagoya is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Nagoya. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in March, with highs in Nagoya at 13°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Toba, Hotel Shima Spain Mura, Inuyama Castle, Chubu Park
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Hotel Shima Spain Mura ©
Hotel Shima Spain Mura

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.
Bring the kids along to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Takayama Jinya, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

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

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, things will get little chillier in Kanazawa: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

6
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.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Kita). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take in nature's colorful creations at Rakusai Chikurin Park, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Himeji Castle
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip planning website .

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama Korakuen Garden
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

5
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kids will enjoy Huis Ten Bosch and Itozu no Mori Zoological Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Fukuoka: Green Park (in Wakamatsu), Nagasaki (Glover Garden, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, & more) and Nagao Castle Park (in Nagayo-cho). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Tenman-gu, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kumamoto Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Komenoyama Obsevatory, and take an in-depth tour of Newspaper Museum.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka road trip site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Dazaifu, Kitakyushu, Nagao Castle Park
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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