31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Nagasaki
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Nagasaki

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 28th (Sat), make a trip to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, examine the collection at Dejima, then stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki road trip planning app.

Kozhikode, India to Nagasaki is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Kozhikode to Nagasaki. In November, Nagasaki is colder than Kozhikode - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 29:

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:

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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 3rd (Thu), go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 3:

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online trip maker.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and visit Arashiyama.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip website.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 12:

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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.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:

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Hakone-machi

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Odawara Castle Tenshukaku (in Odawara), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Ide Sake Brewery & Lake Kawaguchi) and Fujiyoshida (Shinsekai Kanpai Street & Nishiura). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Inoue Sake Brewery, and admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:

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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: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (14°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 27:

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.