30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
shuttle + Fly:  29​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Nagoya
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
Fly + shuttle:  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.
Visit Tokyo National Museum and Hase-dera Temple for their historical value. Do your shopping at Ginza and Takeshita Street. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Odaiba, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online vacation planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Tokyo is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Tokyo is 12 hours. In December, Tokyo is much colder than Buenos Aires - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 27:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

4
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Get outdoors at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. Venture out of the city with trips to Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort (in Hakuba-mura), Nozawa Onsen (in Nozawaonsen-mura) and Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park (in Takayama-mura). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, head outdoors with Kijimadaira Ski Resort, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiga Kogen.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Yamanouchi-machi hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nozawaonsen-mura, Yamada Farm, Yamaboku Wild Snow Park, Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, Kijimadaira Ski Resort, Zenko-ji Temple
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen

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.
Let the collections at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Ikeda museum of 20th century art capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Fuji and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) (in Hakone-machi) and Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto). There's lots more to do: stroll through Lake Kawaguchi, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and hike along Momiji Tunnel.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, Fujikawaguchiko-machi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, Mount Fuji, Matsumoto Castle
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

4
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get in touch with nature at Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail and Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank. You'll explore and learn at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Okageza. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise), Tanoura Beach (in Tsuruga) and Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi). On the 8th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Meiho Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Ama Shippoyaki Art Village, and step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle.

Make your Nagoya itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nagoya are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ise, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, Tanoura Beach, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
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Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Let the collections at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, & more), Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Himeji Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Miyajima and Misen Wild Woods. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Ohara Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Kurashiki (Japanese Rural Toy Museum & Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Itsukushima Shrine). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima holiday planning website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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