31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) as well as Imperial Palace. Senso-ji Temple and Nezu Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo National Museum and Odaiba District. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Hakone-machi (Hakone Museum of Art, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, visit Akihabara, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and take a stroll through Ginza.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route website.

Prague, Czech Republic to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Prague to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Prague in May, with highs in Tokyo at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Kamakura.

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Religious Site
Senso-ji Temple
4.4
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History Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum
4.4

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Kamakura

Kamakura ©

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple Scenic Walkway, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing). Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myohoji Temple (Kokedera Temple), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kakuonji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joukoumyouji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Yukinosita Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kamakura journey builder app.

You can drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in May: highs in Kamakura hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kamakura

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Religious Site
Kōtoku-in
4.3
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Historic Site
Hase-dera Temple
4.6

3
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Matsumoto Castle and Zenko-ji Temple. Museum-lovers will appreciate Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan) and Matsumoto City Art Museum. Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Suwa Shrine (in Suwa), Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano) and Yamataka Jindai Cherry Blossom (in Hokuto). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Kamakura in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Matsumoto, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Takayama Jinya. Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall and Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Angoji Temple (in Nanto), Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Wada House, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, identify plant and animal life at IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in May, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Architectural Building
Takayama Jinya
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design and Kyoto International Manga Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Gion, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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Must see
Nijo Castle
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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.
Osaka Castle and Dotombori District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Mint Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Osaka journey planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

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Must see
Nara Park
4.5
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Castle
Osaka Castle
4.0
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Neighborhood
Dotombori District
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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 27th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in May, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

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Must see
Himeji Castle
4.5
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Historic Site
Nishi no Maru
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Garden
Koko-en
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Castle. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online trip builder.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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