31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
6
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
7
Tokyo
— 7 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima tour itinerary builder site.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Hiroshima is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Riyadh in May, expect Hiroshima to be colder, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Tarumino Ozakura (in Yabu), Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso) and Takeda Teramachi Street (in Asago). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, experience rural life at Sato Fruit Kobo, go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tarumino Ozakura, Sato Fruit Kobo, Kunimi no Mori Park, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more), Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Okuyama Ameyama Nature Park (in Kumatori-cho). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and stop by Dotombori District.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Osaka itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Shukugawa Park, Okuyama Ameyama Nature Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and stop by Gion.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan), Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, you will find days in Kanazawa are slightly colder (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Fujinomiya (Fujinomiya Route & Kusushi Shrine), Fujiyoshida (Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja & Arakurayama Sengen Park) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Ide Sake Brewery). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, walk around Onshi Hakone Park, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip builder website.

Do a combination of train and bus from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Fujiyoshida, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, walk around Ueno Park, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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