30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Matsue
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
6
Tanabe
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
+3
train + foot + train + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Dallas

4
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.
Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum capture your imagination. Sensō-ji and Takeshita Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Tokyo to go to Yokohama and see Minato Mirai 21, which is approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary maker site .

Dallas, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Dallas to Tokyo. In June, Tokyo is slightly colder than Dallas - with highs of 79°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

3
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adachi Museum of Art and Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. Shimane Art Museum and Gogin Karakoro Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Matsue's surroundings by going to Izumo (Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, Hinomisaki Shrine, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, and look for gifts at Rihaku Shuzo.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsue trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Matsue takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Kamosu Shrine ©
Kamosu Shrine

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. You'll explore and learn at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Yamato Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Itsukushima Shrine) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Matsue to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kure, Hatsukaichi
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

1
night
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
On the 16th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): walk around Kabira Park, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki road trip tool .

Getting from Hiroshima to Ishigaki by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in June, with highs in Ishigaki at 89°F and lows at 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sunayama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, and see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima route builder tool .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. June in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 79°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Tanabe.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine and Kozan-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shirarahama Beach and Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Tanabe: Onsen Resorts (in Totsukawa-mura) and Minakata Kumagusu Museum (in Shirahama-cho). There's lots more to do: stop by Nakata Foods Nakata Umeboshi Kobo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyunohara, steep yourself in history at Kumano Sansho Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of 十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tanabe trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Tanabe takes 5.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Miyakojima in June: high temperatures in Tanabe hover around 77°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tanabe

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirahama-cho, Onsen Resorts, 十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail
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十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail ©
十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine
Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach

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.
Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Dotonbori and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nishiki Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey planning tool .

You can drive from Tanabe to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Takayama Jinya and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Popular historic sites such as Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Wada House are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Shofuen Matsuno Chaho (in Takayama) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community, admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple, and don't miss a visit to Suganuma Gassho Community.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: highs in Kanazawa hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Nanto, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gongenmori Beach
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

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