31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly

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Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Miyajima (Momijidani Park & Mt. Misen) and Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

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Brisbane, Australia to Hiroshima is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Brisbane to Hiroshima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Brisbane in November, with highs in Hiroshima at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Komyoji Temple (in Nagaokakyo). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Walking tours, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more) and Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Koya-cho

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koya-cho: Mitarai Valley (in Tenkawa-mura), Katsuragi Highlands (in Gose) and Kuriyama Family Residence (in Gojo).

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Koya-cho vacation site.

You can drive from Osaka to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Aratama Valley (in Komatsu). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Koya-cho to Kanazawa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Koya-cho in December since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Keigashima Canyon (in Susono), Shinsekai Kanpai Street (in Fujiyoshida) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Fujiyama Sushi-Making Tour). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, laugh and play at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi road trip planning site.

Do a combination of train and bus from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Baths · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (14°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

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.