30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
7
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki

— 4 nights
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). Next up on the itinerary: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, explore and take pictures at Cape Hirakubozaki, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sukuji Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki tour site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Ishigaki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:

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 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 4.5 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 · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 10:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 4 nights
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 breathtaking views at Keigashima Canyon, enjoy breathtaking views from Tenkakudai, and admire the natural beauty at Fuji View Hotel Japanese Garden.

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; or take a train. 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
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: Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in September, you will find days in Kanazawa are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history 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. 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
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe), Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &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 an hour. 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 take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

Himeji

— 1 night
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 an hour. 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

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
On the 28th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection 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: contemplate the long history 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 2 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 · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.