34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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34 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Bus:  14​h
1
Kobe
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Toyooka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Miyazu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train:  45​min
6
Nara
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Asuka-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Suita
— 2 nights
Train:  15​min
9
Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arima Onsen and Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens. Go for a jaunt from Kobe to Akashi to see Amore Beach about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), sample the tasty concoctions at Kirin Beer Kobe Factory, take in nature's colorful creations at Rokko Alpine Garden, and wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kobe online vacation planner .

San Francisco, USA to Kobe is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Kobe, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in October, Kobe is a bit warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Tours Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Amore Beach, Nishinomiya Shrine
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle and then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Nadagiku Shuzo Sake Brewery.

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Himeji is just a short distance from Kobe. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Baths Spas
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

3
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Onsen Resorts and Takeda Castle Ruins. Change things up with these side-trips from Toyooka: Tottori (The Sand Museum & Tottori Sand Dunes). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen and see the interesting displays at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Toyooka day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Himeji to Toyooka in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Himeji in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Toyooka, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Miyazu.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tottori, Onsen Resorts, Takeda Castle Ruins
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Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Onsen Resorts
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum

3
nights
Miyazu

Miyazu ©
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Explore hidden gems such as Ine no Funaya and Kosaki Observatory. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Amanohashidate, snap pictures at Yura River Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Miyazu Catholic Church, and don't miss a visit to Kyu Mikamiye House.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Miyazu day trip site .

You can drive from Toyooka to Miyazu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, daytime highs in Miyazu are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyazu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ine-cho
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Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Amanohashidate View Land ©
Amanohashidate View Land

7
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 off the beaten path and head to Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura and Ise Shrine Geku. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker website .

You can drive from Miyazu to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura, Ise Shrine Geku
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion
Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura ©
Kayabuki-no-sato Kitamura

4
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nigatsu-do Temple and Onsen Resorts. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, and see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nara trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Asuka-mura.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Onsen Resorts
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Harushika Brewery ©
Harushika Brewery
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

2
nights
Asuka-mura

Asuka-mura
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Kitora Tumulus Mural Experiential Museum Shijin no Yakata, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asuka-dera Temple, and then stroll the grounds of Ishibutai Tomb. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Takamatsuzuka Tomb, then examine the collection at Takamatsuzuka Mural Hall, and then make a trip to Inabuchinotanada.

Plan trip to Asuka-mura with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Nara to Asuka-mura by car takes about an hour. In November in Asuka-mura, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Suita.

Things to do in Asuka-mura

Historic Sites Museums
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Ishibutai Tomb
Ishibutai Tomb
Asuka-dera Temple ©
Asuka-dera Temple

2
nights
Suita

Suita ©
A smaller metropolis near Osaka, Suita remains best known for hosting the World's Fair in 1970.
On the 19th (Tue), stroll around Expo '70 Commemorative Park and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Garden, and then don't miss a visit to The Former Nishio Family House.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Suita trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Asuka-mura to Suita in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Suita are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Suita

Parks Tours Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Expo '70 Commemorative Park ©
Expo '70 Commemorative Park
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery ©
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koyasan Danjo Garan and Osaka. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Dotonbori, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary maker tool .

Osaka is very close to Suita. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Koyasan Danjo Garan
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Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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