29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Nagasaki — 1 night

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 4th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and then examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki online itinerary planner.

Tampa, USA to Nagasaki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Tampa to Nagasaki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tampa in September: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 82°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Motobu-cho — 2 nights

Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at USS Emmons.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho online trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Nagasaki to Motobu-cho in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Motobu-cho, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.
Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Hiroshima — 3 nights

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 (Miyajima, Itsukushima Gekijyo, &more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima visit planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In September, Hiroshima is little chillier than Motobu-cho - with highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

Himeji — 1 night

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 11th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji trip site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto sightseeing planning app.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in September, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Kanazawa.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 16:

Kanazawa — 3 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 Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (78°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Matsumoto.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano) and Takayama (Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Takayama Jinya, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, relax and rejuvenate at Zuisho Matsumotokan, admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and get all the equipment you need at Hanakomichi.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Matsumoto using our trip planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi — 3 nights

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 Asaya Winery (in Koshu), Fujiyoshida (Arayayama Shrine Okumiya & Onshirin Garden) and Hakone-machi (Hakone Kowakien Yunessun & The Hakone Open-Air Museum). There's much more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kawaguchi, and take in the awesome beauty at Ryugatake.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Matsumoto in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tokyo.
Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in September, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 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.