30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
6
Osaka
— 4 nights
7
Himeji
— 1 night
8
Hiroshima
— 3 nights

4
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). There's lots more to do: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Ishigaki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

Start your trip to Tokyo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Mt. Kentoku (in Yamanashi), Kakuembo (in Kofu) and Hokuto (Akeno Area & Shojigataki Falls). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, take in the awesome beauty at Ryugatake, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip maker.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Hokuto, Spas, Keigashima Canyon, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa journey planner.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District.

To find out how to plan a trip to Osaka, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
On the 27th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Himeji day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Himeji are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
On the 28th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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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

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