29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fire Museum and Ueno District. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kanda Myojin and Nissan Crossing. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at ARONA SPA, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sengaku-ji Temple, wander the streets of Yanaka District, and contemplate the long history of Toshogu Shrine.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online itinerary planner.

Pittsburgh, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Pittsburgh in April, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 10:

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kamogawa River and Mount Hiei. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan in Uji--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), contemplate the long history of Honen-in, get great views at Sagano, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 18:

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Mint Museum and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Get some cultural insight at Dotombori District and Horyu-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara), Chuguji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Nara (Naramachi Koshino Ie, Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, and contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 23:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, stop by Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, then see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Tegarayama Exchange Station, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, then admire the masterpieces at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Himeji tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

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Tokyo

Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Hie Jinjya. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Asakusa Shrine and Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum. See some other sides of Tokyo: make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, wander the streets of Kagurazaka, walk around Kitanomaru Park, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey maker app.

Take a train from Himeji to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 29:

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.