31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
2
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
3
Himeji
— 1 night
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
7
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
8
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights

2
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Itsukushima Shrine. Hiroshima Museum of Art and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Itsukushima Shrine Torii). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip planning tool.

Barcelona, Spain to Hiroshima is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in August, Hiroshima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kannondo, get engrossed in the history at 26 Martyrs Museum, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, then examine the collection at Dejima, and finally see the interesting displays at Kyugosho Memorial Exhibit.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Himeji online travel planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Himeji by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Himeji are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

4
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Do some cultural sightseeing at Osaka Castle and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nara Park & Daibutsuden) and Koya-cho (Kumagai-ji Temple, Torodo Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Dotombori District, take an in-depth tour of Peace Osaka, see the interesting displays at Koshien History Museum, and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Himeji, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Koshien History Museum
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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 Museum of Crafts and Design and Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto route planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 31:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Hida Takayama Museum of Art. Museum-lovers will appreciate 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Binen Yumeromu Museum (in Shirakawa-mura) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), &more). There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa planning site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Matsumoto Castle and Japan Ukiyo-e Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan) and Ilf Doga Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matsumoto: Omachi (Museum of Salt Road chojiya Yabusame Hall & Nishinashinmeigu), Okaya (Okaya Silk Museum & Prince & Skyline Museum) and Chihiro Art Museum Azumino (in Matsukawa-mura). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, get engrossed in the history at Japan Folklore Museum, and examine the collection at Matsumoto Shinichi Suzuki Memorial.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Kanazawa to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Okaya, Omachi, Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:
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Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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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.
On the 8th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Court Doll Master Hisashige Ito XII Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Pola Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Matsumoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Court Doll Master Hisashige Ito XII Museum
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu

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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 explore and learn at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Senso-ji Temple and National Museum of Western Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, wander the streets of Ginza, learn about all things military at Yushukan, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To plan Tokyo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Mitaka
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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