29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Lethbridge
Fly + Drive:  21​h
1
Nago
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
5
Yokohama
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Taketa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Beppu
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
10
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
11
Kobe
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Lethbridge

2
nights
Nago

Nago ©
Developed as an upper-middle class tourist town in the northern part of Okinawa Island, Nago offers a wide range of leisure activities from swimming to exploration of ruins and rainforests.
On the 5th (Sat), snap pictures at Kouri Bridge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nago online day trip planner .

Lethbridge, Canada to Nago is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Lethbridge to Nago due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lethbridge in May, you will find days in Nago are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are warmer (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nago

Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Kouri Ohashi
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Nara Park, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, & more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and get great views at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online travel route builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Nago to Osaka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Nago in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Osaka, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kyoto vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, explore the activities along Yamazaki River, and then step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya journey planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Inuyama Castle
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle

3
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): make a trip to Yokohama Chinatown, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and finally make a trip to Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura). Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Yokohama Stadium, don't miss a visit to Minato Mirai 21, then take in the waterfront at Yokohama Port Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, and finally stroll through Yamashita Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Yokohama online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Yokohama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Yokohama are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online day trip planner .

Tokyo is just a short distance from Yokohama. In May, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Former Glover House, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, then stroll through Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online route planner .

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Tokyo to Nagasaki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Taketa.

Things to do in Nagasaki

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

1
night
Taketa

Taketa ©
Taketa is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stroll through Nyuta Nakashima Park, then delve into the distant past at Oka Castle Ruins, and then go for a walk through Miyagi no Sato Weeping Cherry Blossoms.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Taketa online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nagasaki to Taketa takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Beppu.

Things to do in Taketa

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:
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Oka Castle Ruins ©
Oka Castle Ruins

1
night
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 25th (Fri), meet the residents at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Kamado Jigoku, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Beppu route website .

Getting from Taketa to Beppu by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Taketa in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Beppu: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
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Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago ©
Kamado Jigoku ©
Kamado Jigoku

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, wander the streets of Kamiyacho, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Beppu to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Kokoen Garden). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden, admire all the interesting features of Hanshin Koshien Stadium, and wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kobe day trip planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kobe by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, Hanshin Koshien Stadium
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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