30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
4
Takayama
— 1 night
5
Matsumoto
— 1 night
6
Nagoya
— 2 nights
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
8
Yamagata
— 2 nights
9
Sendai
— 2 nights
10
Nikko
— 1 night
11
Tokyo
— 8 nights

4
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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Osaka is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Osaka, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Osaka, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

4
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.
Kyoto International Manga Museum has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Nara Park in Nara, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, shop like a local with Kyoto Station Building, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and then explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in September: highs in Kanazawa hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
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.
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Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Takayama are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto
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.
Matsumoto Castle has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, thenvisit Nakamachi Street, and then visit Nawate Shopping District.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip planning tool.

Getting from Takayama to Matsumoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. September in Matsumoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Nawate Shopping District
Nawate Shopping District
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Nakamachi Street ©
Nakamachi Street

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oasis 21, Sakae and Nagoya Castle. On the 13th (Sun), browse the different shops at Oasis 21. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, thendon't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and then take a stroll through Sakae.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya day trip app.

Getting from Matsumoto to Nagoya by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Nagoya. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
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Nagoya City Science Museum ©
Nagoya City Science Museum
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Itchiku Kubota Art Museum as well as Chureito Pagoda.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi road trip planner.

You can drive from Nagoya to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nagoya in September, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are little chillier (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yamagata.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Chureito Pagoda
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Oishi Park ©
Oishi Park

2
nights
Yamagata

Yamagata
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): make a trip to Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yamagata road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Yamagata takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Yamagata, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sendai.
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2
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 19th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sendai tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Yamagata to Sendai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Sendai, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Mon) before leaving for Nikko.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Matsushima-machi
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:
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Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple
Matsushima Bay ©
Matsushima Bay
Zuiganji ©
Zuiganji

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
You've added Kegon Falls, Lake Chuzenji, Ryuzu Waterfall, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and then steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Nikko road trip site.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Nikko takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Samuraikibun Kamakura). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. You will leave for home on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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