30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip maker

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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Take a break from Hakone-machi with a short trip to Lake Kawaguchi in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Mount Fuji, explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, and take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip planner.

Dallas, USA to Hakone-machi is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Dallas to Hakone-machi. When traveling from Dallas in November, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:

Koya-cho

— 3 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Katsuragi Highlands (in Gose) and Shori-ji Temple (in Kudoyama-cho).

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Koya-cho online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Hakone-machi to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Koya-cho: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple and then stroll around Kunimi no Mori Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Himeji online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Himeji takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Himeji are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Paddle Park, &more) and Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter & Japanese Rural Toy Museum). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 14:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and visit Arashiyama.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 19:

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 (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online visit planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:

Nikko

— 3 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and make a trip to Narabi Jizo.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko travel route builder app.

Do a combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Nikko in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 52°F in Nikko. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum.

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Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

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.