29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 8 nights
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 8 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fire Museum and Yanaka District. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kanda Myojin and Nissan Crossing. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Ueno District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshogu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple, and see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Tokyo.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online itinerary planner.

Pittsburgh, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Pittsburgh in April, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 10:

Kyoto

— 8 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kamogawa River and Mount Hiei. Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kennin-ji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan in Uji--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sagano, get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 18:

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Mint Museum and Nara National Museum. Get some cultural insight at Dotombori District and Osaka Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Naramachi Koshino Ie, Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, &more), Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda) and Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 23:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, stop by Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, then see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Tegarayama Exchange Station, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, then admire the masterpieces at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Himeji tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

Tokyo

— 4 nights
Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Nezu Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Asakusa Shrine and Kitanomaru Park. See even more of Tokyo: don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, wander the streets of Kagurazaka, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip app.

Getting from Himeji to Tokyo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 29:

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.