30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki

— 3 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, stop by Pinion Direct Shop, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, and enjoy the sea views from Oganzaki Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki tour builder website.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Ishigaki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Addis Ababa to Ishigaki. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ishigaki when traveling from Addis Ababa in March, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 6:

Naha

— 3 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo), Ginoza Roadside Station (in Ginoza-son) and Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki & Apeman Spa). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Makishi Public Market, look for gifts at Splash Okinawa Shop No. 1, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fukushu-en Garden.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Naha trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Ishigaki to Naha by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stroll around Ueno Park, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Naha to Tokyo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In March, Tokyo is little chillier than Naha - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 14:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, things will get slightly colder in Kanazawa: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary builder app.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 22:

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and stop by Dotombori District.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka vacation planning app.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 26:

Himeji

— 1 night
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 27th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary planning website.

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

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Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

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.