31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Wroclaw
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 45 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  6 h
5
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
9
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  19 h
End: Wroclaw

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.
Let the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba and Senso-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Sojiji (in Nishitokyo), Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai) and Hirakushi Denchu Art Museum (in Kodaira). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Ginza, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tokyo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Wroclaw, Poland to Tokyo is an approximately 19- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Wroclaw to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wroclaw in August, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama Museum of Art, Sojiji, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Hirakushi Denchu Art Museum
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

3
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Ikeda museum of 20th century art. Appreciate the collections at Narukawa Art Museum and Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Toi Beach (in Izu), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Ide Sake Brewery, Lake Kawaguchi, &more) and Ito (Izu Glass and Craft Museum & Izu Highland Trick Clock Museum). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) and get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Ito, Toi Beach
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum
Ikeda museum of 20th century art ©
Ikeda museum of 20th century art

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato). Museum-lovers will appreciate Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan) and Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Nagase house, &more) and Matsumoto (Matsumoto City Museum, Matsumoto Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, stop by Sanmachi Suji, and see the interesting displays at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Takayama road trip website.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Takayama by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in August: highs in Takayama hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Matsumoto
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts and Dolls Museum. Appreciate the collections at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Rennyo Shonin Memorial (in Awara), Angoji Temple (in Nanto) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). There's much more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, get a new perspective on nature at Fukui City Museum of Natural History, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rennyo Shonin Memorial, Angoji Temple, Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy, Fukui City Museum of Natural History, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

2
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

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 16th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, stroll through Glover Garden, examine the collection at Dejima, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kannondo, then examine the collection at Endo Shusaku Literary Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Father De Rotz Memorial Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Shitsu Bunkamura.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki journey builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kanazawa to Nagasaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In August in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

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

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Get some cultural insight at Itsukushima Shrine and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Yamato Museum (in Kure), Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (in Sapporo) and Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Itsukushima Shrine Torii). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
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 21st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then examine the collection at Japan Toy Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Matsue Swimming Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): stop by Kobe Harborland, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji journey planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Kobe, Matsue Swimming Beach, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Arashiyama. You'll explore and learn at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Dotombori (in Dotombori), Jikko Cutlery Sakai (in Sakai) and Ibaraki City Cultural Museum (in Ibaraki). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Gion, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, stroll around Nara Park, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Jishu Shrine, Jikko Cutlery Sakai, Ibaraki City Cultural Museum
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 27:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology and Nagoya Castle. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokugawa Art Museum and Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Chiryu City History Folk Museum (in Chiryu) and Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Okageza, &more). There's much more to do: engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nagoya using our trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Nagoya are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Ise, Chiryu City History Folk Museum, Kitanagoya City Folk History Museum
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:
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Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

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