31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Narita
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fuji
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naruto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tottori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Mori Art Museum. Shop till you drop at Ginza and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Step out of Tokyo to go to Koganei and see Kahenomori Art Museum, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, wander the streets of Asakusa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo visit planning app.

Casablanca, Morocco to Tokyo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Casablanca in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:

Narita

— 1 night
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, get curious at Museum of Aeronautical Sciences, then take an in-depth tour of Narita Airport and Community Historical Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Japanese History.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Narita driving holiday planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Narita by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Tokyo in December, Narita is little chillier at night with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Narita

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get outdoors at Lake Kawaguchi and Shiraito Falls. The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hakone Venetian Glass Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Hakone-machi's surroundings by going to Ikeda museum of 20th century art (in Ito) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Mountaineering Gear Rental Shop La Mont, Sankodai, &more). It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) and steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Narita to Hakone-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Narita in December, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 8°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fuji.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Fuji

— 1 night
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the activities along Hatago Pond, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwamoto, and finally explore the activities along Waketamaike Spring.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Fuji online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Fuji takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fuji: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Maiko Antiques Kyoto. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and take in nature's colorful creations at Katsura Imperial Villa.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Fuji to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Fuji in December, Kyoto is slightly colder at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:

Osaka

— 4 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.
Dotombori District and Nara Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Mizuno Sportology Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more) and Nara (Experience YAMATO, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, get outside with Four-M, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka tour itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Kobe

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Kobe Fashion Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Hara Hirone Road, admire the verdant scenery at Mukogawa Valley, then cruise along Royu Driveway, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), examine the collection at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ishoan, and finally take in the exciting artwork at ART NOMURA.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kobe day trip app.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Naruto

— 2 nights
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stop by Mori Toki, cruise along Naruto Skyline, then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, then contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Strait, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Senjojiki Observation Deck. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an in-depth tour of Naruto City Kagawa Toyohiko Memorial Hall, contemplate the waterfront views at Daiju zeki Weir of Yoshino River, then see the interesting displays at Tokushimacity Tengu Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan, and finally examine the collection at Awa Odori Hall.

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Naruto trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Naruto in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Naruto are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Tottori.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Tottori

— 2 nights
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
On the 7th (Sat), get great views at Tottori Sand Dunes, don't miss a visit to The Sand Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, then examine the collection at San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park. On the next day, kick back and relax at Uradome Coast, then stroll through Arayu, and then see the interesting displays at Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tottori tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Naruto to Tottori in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Naruto in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Tottori, with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tottori

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Visit Miyajima and Atomic Bomb Dome for their historical value. Let the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Boat Tours & Water Sports). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima itinerary planner.

Drive from Tottori to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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.
On the 12th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, examine the collection at Dejima, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then see the interesting displays at Gunkanjima Digital Museum, then get engrossed in the history at 26 Martyrs Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Kyugosho Memorial Exhibit.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki tour builder website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

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.

Chiba Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Disney Parks & Activities · Historic Sites · Parks
Chiba Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region and the Greater Tokyo Area. The sixth most populous prefecture, and 27th largest by land area, Chiba is on the east coast of Honshu and largely consists of the Bōsō Peninsula, which encloses the eastern side of Tokyo Bay. Its capital is Chiba City.EtymologyThe name of Chiba Prefecture in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "thousand" and the second, means "leaves". The name first appears as an ancient kuni no miyatsuko, or regional command office, as the Chiba Kuni no Miyatsuko. The name was adopted by a branch of the Taira clan, which moved to the area in present-day Chiba City in the late Heian period. The branch of the Taira adopted the name and became the Chiba clan, and held strong influence over the area of the prefecture until the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The name "Chiba" was chosen for the prefecture at the time its creation in 1873 by the, an early Meiji-period body of prefectural governors that met to decide the structure of local and regional administration in Japan.The compound word, which refers to the Tokyo-Chiba region, is formed from the second character in Tokyo, and the second character in Chiba, which can also be pronounced “kei” and “yō” respectively. This compound is used in terms such as the Keiyō Line, Keiyō Road, Keiyō Rinkai Railway Rinkai Main Line, and the Keiyō Industrial Zone.

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Kanagawa Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Historic Sites
Kanagawa Prefecture is a prefecture located in southern Kantō region of Japan. The capital of the prefecture is Yokohama. Kanagawa is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Kanagawa Prefecture is home to Kamakura and Hakone, two highly popular side trip destinations from Tokyo.HistoryThe prefecture has some archaeological sites going back to the Jōmon period (around 400 BCE). About 3,000 years ago, Mount Hakone produced a volcanic explosion which resulted in Lake Ashi on the western area of the prefecture.It is believed that the Yamato dynasty ruled this area from the 5th century onwards. In the ancient era, its plains were very sparsely inhabited.In medieval Japan, Kanagawa was part of the provinces of Sagami and Musashi. Kamakura in central Sagami was the capital of Japan during the Kamakura period (1185–1333).During the Edo period, the western part of Sagami Province was governed by the daimyō of Odawara Castle, while the eastern part was directly governed by the Tokugawa shogunate in Edo (Tokyo).

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Tottori Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Sacred & Religious Sites
Tottori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region. The capital is the city of Tottori. It is the least populous prefecture in Japan.EtymologyThe word "Tottori" in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "bird" and the second, means "to get". Early residents in the area made their living catching the region's plentiful waterfowl. The name first appears in the Nihon shoki in the 23rd year of the Emperor Suiko when Yukuha Tana, an elder from the Izumo, visits the emperor. The imperial Prince Homatsu-wake was unable to speak, despite being 30 years of age. "Yukuha Tana presented the swan to the emperor. Homatsu-wake no Mikoto played with this swan and at last learned to speak. Therefore, Yukaha Tana was liberally rewarded, and was granted the title of Tottori no Miyakko." (Aston, translation)HistoryEarly historyTottori Prefecture was settled very early in the prehistoric period of Japan, as evidenced by remains from the Jōmon period (14,000 - 300 BC). The prefecture has the remains of the largest known Yayoi period (300 BC - 250 AD) settlement in Japan, the Mukibanda Yayoi remains, located in the low foothills of Mount Daisen in the cities of Daisen and Yonago. Numerous kofun tumuli from the Kofun period (250 - 538) are located across the prefecture. In 645, under the Taika reforms, the area in present-day Tottori Prefecture became two provinces, Hōki and Inaba.

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