30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Okinawa City
1
Okinawa City
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
train:  5​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
7
Nara
— 1 night
train:  30​min
8
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
9
Fuji National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Tokyo
— 6 nights
End: Tokyo

4
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa City ©
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue Cave. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Himeyuri Peace Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and The Tower of Himeyuri. Venture out of the city with trips to Okinawa Prefecture Karate Museum (in Nishihara-cho), Zamami-son (Zamami Island & Furuzamami Beach) and Naha (Shurijo Castle, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Nirai Beach, stroll through Emerald Beach, step into the grandiose world of Zakimi Castle Ruins, and don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Okinawa City trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Naha Airport. August in Okinawa City sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Naha, Onna-son, Itoman, Zamami-son, Yomitan-son
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Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ninja Temple and Shima. Visiting Kakusenkei Gorge and Gongenmori Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Wada House (in Shirakawa-mura), Nanto (Gokayama, Suganuma Gassho Community, & more) and Natadera Temple (in Komatsu). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa road trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Okinawa to Kanazawa. Expect little chillier evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Okinawa in August, with lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nanto, Gongenmori Beach, Wada House, Kakusenkei Gorge, Natadera Temple
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

2
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.
You've added Kokoen Garden, Himeji Castle, Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Nadagiku Shuzo Sake Brewery, then look for gifts at Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, and finally take an in-depth tour of Usukuchi Tatsuno Soy Sauce Museum.

To find reviews and other tourist information, go to the Himeji trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Himeji takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, Himeji is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Himeji

Breweries & Distilleries Spas Baths

Side Trip

Usukuchi Tatsuno Soy Sauce Museum
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Usukuchi Tatsuno Soy Sauce Museum ©
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, and then take in the pleasant sights at Amanoyasu Kawara.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi from Himeji to Takachiho-cho in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Himeji in August, Takachiho-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of 74°F. You'll set off for Hiroshima on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden

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 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell. On the next day, head off the coast to Miyajima, then stroll through Mikasahama Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and finally explore and take pictures at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

3
nights
Osaka

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 of Oriental Ceramics and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Minami (Namba) and Chinatown (Nankinmachi). Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kobe (Arima Onsen, Kobe Harborland, & more) and Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka, and have some family-friendly fun at Video Game Bar Space Station.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary site .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In August, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kobe, Kinpusenji Temple
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, then explore the galleries of Nara National Museum, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Nara tour itinerary builder app .

Nara is very close to Osaka. In August, daytime highs in Nara are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

4
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.
You've now added Nishiki Market to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nijo-jo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wakasa Wada Beach and Kaizu Osaki. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Shirahama Beach (in Takahama-cho), Kurokabe Square (in Nagahama) and Tanoura Beach (in Tsuruga). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Biwa.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto route planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Nara. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Fuji National Park.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Takahama-cho, Lake Biwa, Tanoura Beach, Kaizu Osaki, Kurokabe Square
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Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Fuji National Park

Fuji National Park ©
Featuring the highest mountain peak in the country, Fuji National Park has long been a place of pilgrimage and poetry, with the active stratovolcano central to Japanese identity, history, and art.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, see the interesting displays at Mt.Fuji Nature Museum, fly down the slopes at Fujiten Snow Resort, then admire the natural beauty at Fujiten Lily Park, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Fuji.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fuji National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Fuji National Park takes 5 hours. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for slightly colder days in Fuji National Park, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fuji National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Narusawa-mura, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fujiten Snow Resort ©
Fujiten Snow Resort
Mt. Fuji 5th Station ©
Mt. Fuji 5th Station

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Toi Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gempeigawa River, examine the collection at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, then make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kuzuryu Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Hakone Stone‐paved Road, admire the masterpieces at Pola Museum of Art, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mitsuishi Beach, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fuji National Park to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. In August in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ashigarakami-gun.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mishima, Toi Beach, Mitsuishi Beach
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo Disneyland and Owl Cafe & Bar Owl Village, Harajuku. Step off the beaten path and head to Ubara Beach and Kamakura Hiking Trails. Akihabara and Harajuku Takeshita-dori are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Katsuura to see Katsuura Tokyu Golf Course about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Ashigarakami-gun to Tokyo in 2 hours. Traveling from Ashigarakami-gun in August, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 76°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 88°F. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Urayasu, Katsuura, Kamakura Hiking Trails
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

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