31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Train:  17​h 45​min
1
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
2
Toyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Nanao
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Nanto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Eiheiji-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Fukui
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Wakasa-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Gujo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Nakatsugawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Otari-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
13
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Taxi + Train:  1​h 30​min
14
Karuizawa-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
15
Nikko
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Kanazawa Station, admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, wander the streets of Nagamachi District, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and finally make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kanazawa is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Kanazawa, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Kanazawa is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

2
nights
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Toyama City Office View Tower, then take in the pleasant sights at Yuki no Otani, then take a memorable drive along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Mikurigaike Pond. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Toyama Denki Building, stroll around Fugan Unga Kansui Park, then explore the world behind art at Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, and finally explore the historical opulence of Toyama Castle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Toyama trip planner .

Toyama is just a short distance from Kanazawa. In May, daily temperatures in Toyama can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Nanao.

Things to do in Toyama

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Tateyama-machi
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
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Fugan Unga Kansui Park ©
Fugan Unga Kansui Park
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall)
Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall)

2
nights
Nanao

Nanao ©
Located in the heart of Noto Peninsula, Nanao offers tourists a laid-back getaway and scenic nature spots.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Notojima, observe the fascinating underwater world at Notojima Aquarium, and then take in the views from Notojima Ohashi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Gammon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Myōjō-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Keta Taisha Shrine, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Himi Banyagai.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nanao trip maker app .

You can drive from Toyama to Nanao in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Toyama in May, plan for little chillier days in Nanao, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nanto.

Things to do in Nanao

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hakui, Gammon, Himi Banyagai
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
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Notojima Aquarium ©
Notojima Aquarium
Notojima ©
Notojima
Notojima Ohashi ©
Notojima Ohashi

1
night
Nanto

Nanto ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Wada House, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Johanahikiyama Kaikan, then steep yourself in history at Ainokura Gassho Community, and then wander the streets of Gokayama.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nanto trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Nanao to Nanto takes 1.5 hours. In May in Nanto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Eiheiji-cho.

Things to do in Nanto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

1
night
Eiheiji-cho

Eiheiji-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Eiheiji-cho online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Nanto to Eiheiji-cho takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fukui.

Things to do in Eiheiji-cho

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Katsuyama, Echizen Ono Castle
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple

2
nights
Fukui

Fukui ©
Fukui is the capital city of Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Tojinbo Cliff, observe the fascinating underwater world at Echizen Matsushima Aquarium, then step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle, and finally get engrossed in the history at Fukui City Griffis Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fukui Castle Ruins, don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Station at Fukui Station, take in nature's colorful creations at Yokokan Garden, then contemplate the long history of Ichijodani Asakurashi Ruin, and finally steep yourself in history at Suwa Yakata Remains Garden.

To plan Fukui vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Eiheiji-cho to Fukui takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Wakasa-cho.

Things to do in Fukui

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Sakai
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Echizen Matsushima Aquarium ©
Echizen Matsushima Aquarium
Tojinbo Cliff ©
Tojinbo Cliff
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle

1
night
Wakasa-cho

Wakasa-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mikataishi Kanzeon Katate Kannon, then make a trip to Rainbow Line Mountain Peak Park, then take an in-depth tour of Wakasa History Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Uriwarinotaki Fall.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wakasa-cho trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Fukui to Wakasa-cho in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gujo.

Things to do in Wakasa-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wakasa History Museum
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Line Mountain Peak Park ©
Rainbow Line Mountain Peak Park
Wakasa History Museum ©
Wakasa History Museum

2
nights
Gujo

Gujo ©
Step back into a traditional way of life with a visit to Gujo, a little Japanese city rich in culture.
On the 30th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Gujo Hachiman Castle, step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, and then get to know the fascinating history of Inuyama Jokamachi. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Gold Statue of Nobunaga Oda, then walk around Gifu Park, then step into the grandiose world of Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kinka.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gujo day trip website .

Getting from Wakasa-cho to Gujo by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Gujo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Gujo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gifu, Inuyama
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
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Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle ©
Gifu Castle / Inabayama Castle
Mt. Kinka ©
Mt. Kinka

3
nights
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Tsumagojuku, hike along Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, and then hike along Nakasendo Walking Trail. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Momosuke Bridge, then fly down the slopes at Senjojiki Cirque, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kozenji Temple.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nakatsugawa trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Gujo to Nakatsugawa takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Nakatsugawa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Nagiso-machi, Komagane
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:
Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
Senjojiki Cirque ©
Senjojiki Cirque

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nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) and then snap pictures at Nakabashi Bridge. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and finally don't miss a visit to Hida Furukawa Old Town.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nakatsugawa to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hida Furukawa Old Town
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, then admire all the interesting features of Daio Wasabi Farm, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond, take in the views from Kappa Bashi, then see the interesting displays at Japan Radio Museum, and finally wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto travel route builder .

Drive from Takayama to Matsumoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Otari-mura.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Daio Wasabi Farm, Suwa Shrine
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Daio Wasabi Farm ©
Daio Wasabi Farm

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night
Otari-mura

Otari-mura ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

Make your Otari-mura itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Otari-mura takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Otari-mura are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Otari-mura

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:
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Tsugaike Natural Park ©
Tsugaike Natural Park
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

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Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Hokusai-kan, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane and then hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi road trip site .

Drive from Otari-mura to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Yamanouchi-machi are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hokusai-kan, Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Onsen Resorts

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Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, then get to know the fascinating history of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, and then browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Tomioka Silk Mill and then step into the grandiose world of Uedajo Castle.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Karuizawa-machi visit planning tool .

Drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Karuizawa-machi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. In June in Karuizawa-machi, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ueda Castle, Tomioka Silk Mill
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Ueda Castle ©
Ueda Castle
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and finally walk around Nikko National Park.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nikko tour planner.

Traveling by car from Karuizawa-machi to Nikko takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls

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