31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Kobe
— 4 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Have a day of magic on the 6th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stop by Odaiba District, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and stroll around Ueno Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in March: highs in Tokyo hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 8:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Takayama Jinya, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa route planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, Kanazawa is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 12:

Fukuoka

— 4 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple & Dazaifu Tenman-gu) and Kumamoto (Kato Shrine & Kumamoto Castle). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, go for a walk through Ohori Park, and browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, expect Fukuoka to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:

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 Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Fukuoka to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

Kobe

— 4 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: Naruto (Otsuka Museum of Art & Boat Tours & Water Sports) and Himeji (Himeji Castle, Koko-en, &more). There's lots more to do: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko, and take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Kobe trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kobe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. March in Kobe sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 24:

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nara vacation planning tool.

Drive from Kobe to Nara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto day trip site.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nara in March since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — Apr 1:

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.