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
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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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
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, steep yourself in history at Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, 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 photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip itinerary tool.

Kozhikode, India to Nagasaki is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Kozhikode to Nagasaki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Kozhikode in November: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the 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), walk around Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, make a trip to Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning app.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough 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: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough 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). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, enjoy breathtaking views from Tenkakudai, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough 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: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough 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.