29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Nagano
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Nakatsugawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Kumano
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
9
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
10
Nara
— Few hours
Train:  45 min
11
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: London

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden and teamLab Borderless. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. On the 7th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saiho-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for slightly colder days in Nagano, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Togakushi Shrine Chusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Chusha

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Samurai Yakata has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Wed), see a show at Samurai Yakata, make a trip to Omicho Market, make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, then steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, and finally walk around Kenrokuen Garden. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and then take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa route builder.

Getting from Nagano to Kanazawa by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Samurai Yakata ©
Samurai Yakata

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.
You've now added Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Osakacho Waterfalls and Bokka no Sato. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Gero (Kyu Odoke Jutaku, Gero Onsen Gassho Village, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

Plan my day in Takayama using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Kanazawa to Takayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Gero, Bokka no Sato
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Osakacho Waterfalls ©
Osakacho Waterfalls
Gero Onsen Gassho Village ©
Gero Onsen Gassho Village

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
You've now added Lake Kawaguchi to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Fujinomiya (Kengamine & Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine). Pack the 14th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Fuji-Q Highland. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, contemplate the waterfront views at Motosuko Lake, and don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

Plan my trip to Fujikawaguchiko-machi with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Takayama to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Takayama in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Fuji-Q Highland, Mount Fuji
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

2
nights
Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. You've now added Nakasendo Magome-juku to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): trek along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, take in panoramic vistas at Magome Observatory, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nakasendo Magome-juku, and finally steep yourself in history at Masugata Waterwheel. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Kozenji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Kantenpapa Garden, fly down the slopes at Senjojiki Cirque, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kiso Komagatake, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hokendake.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nakatsugawa route maker website.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nakatsugawa in 3 hours. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Nakatsugawa, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kumano.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Komagane, Agematsu-machi, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, Kantenpapa Garden
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Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Mt. Kiso Komagatake ©
Mt. Kiso Komagatake

3
nights
Kumano

Kumano ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Onigajo. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then examine the collection at Taiji Whale Museum, and finally take a peaceful walk through Nachi Primeval Forest.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kumano attractions planner.

You can drive from Nakatsugawa to Kumano in 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Kumano are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kumano

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nachikatsura-cho, Taiji Whale Museum
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Taiji Whale Museum ©
Taiji Whale Museum

2
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
You've now added Koyasan Okunoin to your itinerary. When in Koya-cho, make a side trip to see Tanizeno Tsuribashi in Totsukawa-mura, approximately Totsukawa-mura away.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Koya-cho visit planner.

Drive from Kumano to Koya-cho in 3 hours. Traveling from Kumano in April, Koya-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail, Tanizeno Tsuribashi
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Shitennoji as well as Street Kart Osaka. On the 24th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shitennoji, make a trip to Kuromon Market, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Street Kart Osaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Zoheikyoku Sakura no Torinuke, then steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally wander the streets of Minami (Namba).

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Koya-cho to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 26th (Sun), you're off to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Nightlife Tours

Side Trip

Himeji
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Street Kart Osaka ©
Street Kart Osaka
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

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hours
Nara

Nara
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): have fun at Waplus Nara.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Nara sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Classes Fun & Games Outdoors
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2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama as well as Kinkaku-ji. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Arashiyama, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally stop by Fuuka-Kimono.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
NINJA VR KYOTO ©
NINJA VR KYOTO

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