31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey maker

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 11 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Odaiba District and Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway & The Hakone Open-Air Museum) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kōtoku-in, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Ueno Park, shop like a local with Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

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London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
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 Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Nagase house, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

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Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima driving holiday site.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites

Kyoto

— 11 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.
Attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Arashiyama make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Jizozenin Temple (in Ide-cho), Ishitera Tea Plantation (in Wazuka-cho) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji

— 2 nights
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 5th (Fri): head outdoors with Matsue Swimming Beach, kick back and relax at Amore Beach, get answers to all your questions at Awaji Highway Oasis, then get great views at Awajihanasajiki, then snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Kyu Hatosaki Torodo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, wander the streets of Dotombori District, and look for gifts at Shimada Shoten.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 2 nights
On the 11th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

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.