29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Narusawa-mura
— 1 day
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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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 2nd (Sat): get outside with Amore Beach, make a trip to Awaji Highway Oasis, get great views at Awajihanasajiki, then make a trip to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Himeji is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Himeji is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in April; daily highs in Himeji reach 20°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:

Hiroshima

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the activities along Pond of Peace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hiroshima trip simple and quick.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 8:

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka trip builder.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 12:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and stop by Gion.

Plan trip to Kyoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 17:

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Hikone (Hikone Castle Museum, Hikone Castle, &more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and stop by Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya online attractions planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in April: highs in Nagoya hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Sanmachi Suji, &more) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see ratings and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Kanazawa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:

Narusawa-mura

— 1 day
A village at the foothills of Mt.
For maps and other tourist information, use the Narusawa-mura tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Narusawa-mura takes 6 hours. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect nights in Narusawa-mura to be somewhat warmer, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. On the 24th (Sun), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 24:

Tokyo

— 5 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stroll around Ueno Park, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip site.

You can drive from Narusawa-mura to Tokyo in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Narusawa-mura in April: highs in Tokyo hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 29:

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.