29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cebu City, Cebu Island
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
2
Kobe
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Nara
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nagoya
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Cebu City, Cebu Island

5
nights
Osaka

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.
You've added Tsutenkaku, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Shitennoji, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Sunset Owl Cafe and Mint Museum. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park, don't miss a visit to Nakanoshima Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka vacation planning app .

Cebu City, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cebu City to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Cebu City in March: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 16°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 26:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Kemasakuranomiya Park ©
Kemasakuranomiya Park

3
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum and Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki). Change things up with these side-trips from Kobe: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Awaji (Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park & Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, take in the spiritual surroundings of Minatogawa Shrine, and snap pictures at Venus Bridge.

Before you visit Kobe, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. March in Kobe sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Awaji, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 29:
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Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum ©
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum

4
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Yoshikien has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Yoshino and Kinpusenji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine & Hase-dera Temple) and Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Nara in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. March in Nara sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sakurai, Yoshino-cho, Horyu-ji Temple
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 2:
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Kinpusenji Temple ©
Kinpusenji Temple
Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

5
nights
Kyoto

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walking tours and Ninna-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Miyazu (Kaisenkyo Bridge & Amanohashidate). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, take a stroll through Gion, and steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Kyoto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Miyazu
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 7:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

4
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ise Shrine Geku and Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail (in Nakatsugawa), Hikone (Hikone Castle & 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園) and Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Hamamatsu Air Park, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip maker .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ise, Hamamatsu, Hikone, Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail, Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 11:
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku ©
Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato

7
nights
Tokyo

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Ashikaga Flower Park. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Naka), Fujiyoshida (Chureito Pagoda, Arakurayama Sengen Park, & more) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, explore the activities along Meguro River, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal No2 Observation Deck.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning website .

Take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Nagoya, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Ashikaga Flower Park, Kinomiya Shrine, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 18:
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Ashikaga Flower Park ©
Ashikaga Flower Park
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi

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