31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
2
Higashimurayama
— 3 nights
3
Takamatsu
— 4 nights
4
Naoshima-cho
— 3 nights
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
6
Osaka
— 8 nights

6
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, wander the streets of Odaiba District, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vancouver in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Higashimurayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

3
nights
Higashimurayama

Higashimurayama ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Inokashira Park. Get out of town with these interesting Higashimurayama side-trips: Kichijoji (in Musashino), BorneLund KID-O-KID, Yomiuri Land (in Inagi) and Minamisawa Ajisaiyama (in Akiruno).

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Higashimurayama online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Higashimurayama in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Higashimurayama to be somewhat warmer, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Higashimurayama

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Musashino, Tamarokuto Science Center, Saitama Children Zoo, Kahenomori Art Museum, Yomiuri Land
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Saitama Children Zoo ©
Saitama Children Zoo
Tamarokuto Science Center ©
Tamarokuto Science Center

4
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ritsurin Garden and Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. Explore Takamatsu's surroundings by going to Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama), Kotohira-cho (Kotohira-gu & Kotohiragu shrine office) and Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art & Japanese Rural Toy Museum). The adventure continues: make a trip to Zuiganji Temple, explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at Nogi Museum, and examine the collection at Ha Art Museum.

To see ratings and other tourist information, use the Takamatsu trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Higashimurayama to Takamatsu. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Higashimurayama in March since evenings lows in Takamatsu dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can ride a ferry to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Kotohira-cho, Zuiganji Temple, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Nogi Museum
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Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden

3
nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naoshima-cho: Teshima Art Museum (in Teshima), Manabe Island (in Kasaoka) and Kannon-ji Temple (in Tamano). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei, don't miss a visit to Subaru Ishikawa Art Series, admire the natural beauty at Fuji Park, and see the interesting displays at 007 Museum.

Discover how to plan a Naoshima-cho trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Ride a ferry from Takamatsu to Naoshima-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fuji Park, Teshima Art Museum, Manabe Island, Kannon-ji Temple, Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei
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Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum
Manabe Island ©
Manabe Island

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.
Attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Ise (Jingu Chokokan Museum & Ise Grand Shrine) and Toba Aquarium (in Toba). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and train from Naoshima-cho to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Todai-ji Temple, Toba Aquarium
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Koko-en, &more), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, try out the rides at SpaWorld, and get your game on at Ninja-Do.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Koya-cho, Nara, Kimino-cho, KIshiwada Castle Garden Hachijin no Niwa
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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