31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sapporo
— 2 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
3
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
5
Himeji
— 1 night
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
7
Amagasaki
— 2 nights
8
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
9
Tokyo
— 4 nights

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Take a break from Sapporo with a short trip to Otaru Canal in Otaru, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, make a trip to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, and get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sapporo using our trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Sapporo is 14 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in October, plan for slightly colder days in Sapporo, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Takayama Jinya (in Takayama), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and take a memorable drive along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Kanazawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Sapporo in October, expect Kanazawa to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Shirakawa-mura, Takayama Jinya, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, head off the coast to Hashima Island, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and contemplate the long history of Glover House and Office.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Nagasaki in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in October since evenings lows in Nagasaki dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima online route maker.

Take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima
Miyajima

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, thenexplore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then make a trip to Otemae Street.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji trip itinerary 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 October in Himeji, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Amagasaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Amagasaki

Amagasaki ©
Amagasaki is an industrial city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, thenshop like a local with Dotombori District, thenexplore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally snap pictures at Oe Bridge.

For more things to do and other tourist information, read our Amagasaki sightseeing app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Amagasaki takes 1.5 hours. October in Amagasaki sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Amagasaki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Public Pawnshop Ruins (in Ie-son) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, make a trip to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, kick back and relax at Emerald Beach, and catch some excitement at Nago Pineapple Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip itinerary planning website.

Explore your travel options from Amagasaki to Motobu-cho with the Route module. Traveling from Amagasaki in October, expect Motobu-cho to be somewhat warmer, temps between °F and °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Public Pawnshop Ruins, Nago Pineapple Park
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

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.
Have a day of magic on the 30th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Tokyo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In October, Tokyo is slightly colder than Motobu-cho - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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