30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  29​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
5
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Buenos Aires

5
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 a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Tokyo is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Tokyo. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 27:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Reijin Brewery (in Suwa), Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya) and Mt. Mano (in Shizuoka). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Fuji, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for little chillier days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mt. Mano, Matsumoto Castle, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), & more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

Planning Kanazawa trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Mt. Kuma (in Bizen), Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, walk around Kunimi no Mori Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Himeji, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mt. Kuma, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Daisen Outlook, Mt. Takamikura, Kunimi no Mori Park
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima), Kosanji Temple (in Onomichi) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.

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Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki, Yamato Museum, Kosanji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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