31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, take a stroll through Ginza, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online road trip planner.

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paris to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:

Nagasaki

— 1 night

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki route website.

You can fly from Tokyo to Nagasaki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online travel planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

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: Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Japan Tour Adventure in Nara & Nara Park). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:

Kyoto

— 5 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: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 7:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
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 Angoji Temple (in Nanto), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa tour planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

Matsumoto

— 4 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama Jinya (in Takayama), Mt. Nagamine (in Azumino) and Nagano (Zenko-ji Temple & Snow Monkey Resorts). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range, and experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kanazawa in October: highs in Matsumoto hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Sapporo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

Sapporo

— 4 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Noboribetsu (Spas, Jigokudani, &more), Yoichi-cho (Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery & Asadaen Farm) and Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church & Otaru Canal). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maruyama Hachijuhakksho Hiking Course, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo Dome.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sapporo route tool.

Getting from Matsumoto to Sapporo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Matsumoto in October, you will find days in Sapporo are a bit cooler (15°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

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.