31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
1
Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Kita
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  7​h 45​min
8
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture

Sasebo ©
With its U.S.
On the 11th (Sun), get in on the family fun at Huis Ten Bosch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): meet the residents at Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, then enjoy some diversion at Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, and then don't miss a visit to Nagasaki Bio Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sasebo trip itinerary planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Sasebo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. In November, Sasebo is much colder than Singapore - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nagasaki Bio Park
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Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Bio Park ©
Nagasaki Bio Park
Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara ©
Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Sasebo to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
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 16th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Himeji trip site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

4
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Attractions like Universal Studios Japan and KidZania Koshien make great kid-friendly stops.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kita tour planner.

Drive from Himeji to Kita in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kita can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trips

Osaka, KidZania Koshien
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and make a trip to Gion.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto route planner.

Traveling by car from Kita to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Notojima Aquarium. Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Sanmachi Suji) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck, Wada House, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Notojima Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Notojima Aquarium ©
Notojima Aquarium

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu, about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 1st (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum, view the masterpieces at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, and don't miss a visit to The Tsukiji Market.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In November in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

4
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Family-friendly places like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Okuma Beach will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Onna-son (Manza Beach & Cape Manzamo), Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son) and Shurijo Castle (in Naha). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Okichan Theater, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Beach, don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and kick back and relax at Minna Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Tokyo to Motobu-cho in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, Motobu-cho is a bit warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nirai Beach, Shurijo Castle, Okuma Beach
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach

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