29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  15​h 45​min
1
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
5
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
6
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
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 Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck (in Yamanakako-mura), Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

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San Francisco, USA to Fujikawaguchiko-machi is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Fujikawaguchiko-machi. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are little chillier, around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Mount Fuji, Matsumoto Castle
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, and get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in November, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (62°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kōtoku-in
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, & more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for little chillier days in Kanazawa, with highs around 49°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 & Miyajima), Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima driving holiday website .

Getting from Kanazawa to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Himeji

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Bizen (Mt. Kuma & Hattoji Furusatomura). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bizen, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura, Daisen Outlook
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, & more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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