31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stroll around Ueno Park, take a stroll through Akihabara, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker site.

Chandigarh, India to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Chandigarh to Tokyo, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 7:

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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.
Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more), Keigashima Canyon (in Susono) and Fujinomiya (Fujinomiya Route & Kusushi Shrine). Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle, and go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online road trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 11:

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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station.

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You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 15:

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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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Ishitera Tea Plantation (in Wazuka-cho) and Yodo River Park Sewaritei District (in Yawata). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 21:

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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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, browse the exhibits of Mint Museum, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and look for gifts at Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 25:

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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 26th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Himeji trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in May, plan for slightly colder days in Himeji, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

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.