31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  7​h 30​min
4
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
6
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
7
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Paris

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey app .

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Tokyo is 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 16:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya), Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), & more) and Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, see the interesting displays at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, and go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip maker site .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for little chillier days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Ikeda museum of 20th century art, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji, Matsumoto Castle
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 20:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, & more), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in November, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are a bit cooler (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Onna-son) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, explore the gorgeous colors at Sesoko Labyrinth, enjoy the sand and surf at Nago citizen Beach, and walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho day trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kanazawa to Motobu-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in November; daily highs in Motobu-cho reach 28°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Scuba & Snorkeling, Nago citizen Beach
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Kurashiki (Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Ohara Museum of Art, & more) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Motobu-cho in November: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kurashiki
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:
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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: Mt. Kuma (in Bizen) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, and make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji route app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Okayama Korakuen Garden, Mt. Kuma, Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 10:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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