29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 1 day
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 9 nights
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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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, contemplate the long history of Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Shitsu Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ono Church, and finally look for gifts at Kinkaido. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, take a stroll around The Confucian Temple, the Chinese Museum of Successive Generations, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, then take an in-depth tour of 26 Martyrs Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip itinerary builder app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Nagasaki is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Nagasaki, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in March, with highs in Nagasaki at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daishoin Temple and Peace Bell. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Senjokaku). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, take a stroll through Kamiyacho, and look for gifts at Pokemon Center Hiroshima.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip website.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

Himeji

— 1 day
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 24th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Okunoin, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Piole Himeji.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji road trip planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Himeji, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Kennin-ji Temple. Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ippodo Tea Kyotofor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto route planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nigatsu-do Temple and Osaka Castle. Toshodai-ji Temple and Hozenji Yokocho are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Heijokyu Ruins, Naramachi Koshino Ie, &more) and Joruri Temple (in Kizugawa). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Dotombori District, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka road trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 2:

Shirakawa-mura

— 1 night
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, contemplate the long history of Nagase house, and then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Shirakawa-mura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in April: high temperatures in Shirakawa-mura hover around 20°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:

Matsumoto

— 3 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Matsumoto Castle and Zensanji Temple. Fukashi Shrine and Koboyama Ancient Tomb will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Matsumoto side-trips: Daiho-ji Temple (in Aoki-mura), Nagano (Mizuno Museum, Matsushiro Literary and Military School, &more) and Mugonkan Daini Exhibition Hall (in Ueda). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Prince & Skyline Museum, don't miss a visit to Yamataka Jindai Cherry Blossom, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takeda Hachimangu.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip builder app.

Getting from Shirakawa-mura to Matsumoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:

Tokyo

— 9 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Asakusa Shrine and Hozomon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fire Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei), Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi) and Fujiyoshida (Chureito Pagoda, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sengaku-ji Temple, browse the exhibits of Kanda Myojin, and explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 15:

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.