30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Nikko
— 3 nights
Train to Kita-Senju Station, Fly to Kanazawa
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
7
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Kyoto, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are much hotter (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-in Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, then stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Ginza, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Koya-cho to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 14:

Nikko

— 3 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Step out of Nikko with an excursion to Oya History Museum in Utsunomiya--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and stroll through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa sightseeing website.

Getting from Nikko to Kanazawa by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Iriomote-jima by combination of flight and ferry takes about 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in August since evenings lows in Iriomote-jima dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Ishigaki

— 4 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Spend 27th (Sat) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, kick back and relax at Akashi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sukuji Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki route planning tool.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In August in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle and then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Himeji, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:
Highlights from your trip

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.