31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
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Bus to Odawara Station, Train to Shin-Osaka, Train to Koya-cho
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Akihabara. Escape the urban bustle at Meguro River and Rental Kimono Sakura. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, walk around Ueno Park, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel planner.

Billund, Denmark to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Billund to Tokyo. In April, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Billund - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 5:

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get some cultural insight at Mount Fuji and Narukawa Art Museum. Head to Pola Museum of Art and Gotemba Premium Outletsfor plenty of shopping. Step out of Hakone-machi to go to Fujikawaguchiko-machi and see Lake Kawaguchi, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, browse the exhibits of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi road trip site.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can fly to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 9:

Koya-cho

— 3 nights
Shop till you drop at Kannonyama Fruits Garden and Kadohama Gomatofu Sohompo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mt. Koya and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Step out of Koya-cho to go to Totsukawa-mura and see Tanizeno Tsuribashi, which is approximately 46 minutes away.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho journey builder site.

Traveling by flight from Hakone-machi to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Koya-cho, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 13:

Osaka

— 5 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotombori District and Osaka Castle. Head to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)for plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Kobe (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum & Kobe Harborland) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online journey planner.

Getting from Koya-cho to Osaka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 18:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 19th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 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 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 18 — 19:

Himeji

— 2 nights
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 20th (Fri), hike along Mt Shosha hiking and then get some fabulous bargains at Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then make a trip to Himeji Castle, and then take an exotic tour of Himeji Central Park.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimono. Step out of the city life by going to Kyoto Round Trip Trail, Kitayama Course East Route and Mt. Kurama. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Arashiyama, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Daimonji, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 26:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then kick back and relax at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planning tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.