30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 17 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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 out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree.

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Lucknow, India to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lucknow in December, with highs in Tokyo at 54°F and lows at 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally get great views at Ebayama Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima.

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You can fly from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Yoshikien, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Kyoto

— 17 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ishitera Tea Plantation (in Wazuka-cho), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

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Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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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.