31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Yogyakarta
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Nagoya
— 7 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Yogyakarta

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Inokashira Onshi Park (in Musashino), Naka (Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal & Yamashita Park) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Hama Rikyu Gardens, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour builder tool .

Yogyakarta, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Yogyakarta to Tokyo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Enoshima Island, Inokashira Park
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Hama Rikyu Gardens ©
Hama Rikyu Gardens

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku and Suzuka Circuit. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Ise (Sarutahiko Shrine, Ise Shrine Geku, & more), Inuyama (The Little World Museum of Man, Inuyama Castle, & more) and Nagiso-machi (Kotoku-ji Temple & Tsumagojuku). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and walk around Hamanako Garden Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya holiday builder app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Nagoya, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ise, Hamamatsu, Inuyama, Nagiso-machi, Nabana no Sato
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Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku ©
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

7
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nanzen-ji Temple and Walking tours. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Mimurotoji Temple in Uji, about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get great views at Mt. Kurama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in July, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Otsu, Mimurotoji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple

8
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Danjo Garan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Mt. Yoshino (in Yoshino-cho), Nara (Toshodaiji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple & Mt. Koya). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Tanizeno Tsuribashi, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka road trip planning app .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Kobe, Mt. Yoshino, Hase-dera Temple
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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