31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  19​h
1
Sapporo
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Chitose
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Obihiro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Chitose
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
9
Matsumoto
— Few hours
bus:  2​h 30​min
10
Takayama
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
11
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  1​h
12
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
13
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
14
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park has been added to your itinerary. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sapporo St. Michael's Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Hokkaido University Museum and Kagaminuma. Take a break from Sapporo with a short trip to Keiyu Nishimura Museum of Art in Kyowa-cho, about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Important Cultural Properties at Hokkaido University Botanical Garden Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Shrine Tongu, and savor the flavors at Hakko Gakuen Farm Market, Original Deli Products.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sapporo trip tool .

Sapporo is very close to Chitose. Traveling from Chitose in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Chitose.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Keiyu Nishimura Museum of Art, Kagaminuma
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:
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Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu ©
Hokkaido Shrine Tongu

few
hours
Chitose

Chitose
With the largest international airport on the island, Chitose serves for most visitors as a way in or a way out, rather than a destination in itself.
To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chitose online trip itinerary maker .

Chitose is very close to Sapporo. Traveling from Sapporo in May, plan for little chillier nights in Chitose, with lows around 7°C. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel to Obihiro.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Outdoors Nature
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2
nights
Obihiro

Obihiro ©
Arranged in a user-friendly grid system, Obihiro makes a convenient--if unremarkable--gateway for regional explorations.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then steep yourself in history at Obihiro Shrine. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Otsu Beach, explore the world behind art at Nakasatsunai Museum, then see the interesting displays at Tokachi Agricultural Machinery Museum, then see the interesting displays at Beet Museum, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Memuro Farmers Market Aisaiya.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Obihiro online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Chitose to Obihiro takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Chitose in May since evenings lows in Obihiro dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Chitose.

Things to do in Obihiro

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Onsen Resorts, Shikanoyu, Memuro Farmers Market Aisaiya, Nupukano Sato, Otsu Beach
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:
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Obihiro Shrine ©
Obihiro Shrine

1
night
Chitose

Chitose
To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chitose tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Obihiro to Chitose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Obihiro in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Chitose, with lows around 7°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Chitose

Parks Outdoors Nature
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2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daikozenji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nyoirinji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Chikuzenmachi Tachiarai Peace Memorial Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Ohnojo Castle Ruins - Mt. Shiojiyama. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Onojo - Chikuzenkoku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenkai Inari Shrine, pick up some local products at Osakana Tengoku, then examine the collection at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashii-gu.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Fukuoka trip builder tool .

You can fly from Chitose to Fukuoka in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chitose in May: high temperatures in Fukuoka hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Onojo - Chikuzenkoku, Chikuzenmachi Tachiarai Peace Memorial Museum, Nyoirinji Temple, Daikozenji Temple
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:
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Kashii-gu ©
Kashii-gu
Nyoirinji Temple ©
Nyoirinji Temple

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Takahama Beach and Mogushi Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at 26 Martyrs Museum and Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum. Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Togo Mt. Nakao (in Hasami-cho), Onsen Resorts (in Ureshino) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church, visit a coastal fixture at Kabashima Lighthouse Park, see the interesting displays at Endo Shusaku Literary Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofukuji Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Nagasaki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Nagasaki are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Amakusa, Togo Mt. Nakao, Onsen Resorts
Find places to stay May 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum ©
Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum
26 Martyrs Museum ©
26 Martyrs Museum
Kofukuji Temple ©
Kofukuji Temple

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu and Al Plaza Daigo. Escape the urban bustle at Rokuen and Takatsuki Field Athletic. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Byodoin (in Uji), Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Omiwa Shrine) and Nara (Nara National Museum, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, wander the streets of Pontocho, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder tool .

You can fly from Nagasaki to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Sakurai, Mint Museum, Midori no Bunkaen, Byodoin
Find places to stay May 15 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Kodai-ji Temple ©
Kodai-ji Temple
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 21st (Thu), test the waters at a local thermal spa. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Yatsuo no Machinami, examine the collection at Motorcar Museum of Japan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple, and finally look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura.

Discover how to plan a Kanazawa trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Nanto, Yatsuo no Machinami, Motorcar Museum of Japan
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Motorcar Museum of Japan ©
Motorcar Museum of Japan
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
Kanazawa Noh Museum ©
Kanazawa Noh Museum

few
hours
Matsumoto

Matsumoto
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.
To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip app .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 25th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, then sample the tasty concoctions at Watanabe Sake Brewery, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Rail - MTB Gattan Go!!.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Matsumoto to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Takayama are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 26th (Tue), you'll travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Tours Trails

Side Trip

Hida
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Shirakabe Dozogai ©
Shirakabe Dozogai
Watanabe Sake Brewery ©
Watanabe Sake Brewery

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hours
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.
To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Takayama to Himeji takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Himeji sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:
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Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll set off for Fujikawaguchiko-machi on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Saiko Lake.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Saiko Lake ©
Saiko Lake
Yamanashi Gem Museum ©
Yamanashi Gem Museum
Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine ©
Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Marunouchi, look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren, then identify plant and animal life at Tokyo Port Wildbird Park, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shimokitazawa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo route maker app .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 2:
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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