30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bangkok
Fly + Train:  8 h 45 min
1
Nagoya
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  9 h
End: Bangkok

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ise Shrine Geku and Hinjitsukan. Museum-lovers will appreciate Saiku Histrical Museum and Toyohashi Museum of Natural History. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Toba (Toba Aquarium & Uramuracho), Ise (Yamato-hime Shrine, Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, &more) and Yuenchi Motopia, SUZUKA CIRKIT (in Suzuka). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjuji Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Nagoya is an approximately 9- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Nagoya. Traveling from Bangkok in September, expect Nagoya to be a bit cooler, temps between 29°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ise, Toba, Gosya Inarisya Shrine, Toyohashi Museum of Natural History, Senjuji Temple
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Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

6
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.
Hase-dera Temple and Mt. Nokogiri Nihon-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hakone Museum of Art and Enoshima Sea Candle. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokosuka (Memorial Warships Mikasa & Yokosuka Museum of Art), Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson) (in Minamiashigara) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Choanji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enoshima Shrine, walk around Odawara Wanpaku Land, and steep yourself in history at Hotokuninomiya Shrine.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning site.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Odawara, Hayama-machi, Yokosuka, Kamakura
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Memorial Warships Mikasa ©
Memorial Warships Mikasa

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
D. T. Suzuki Museum and Kanazawa Noh Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ainokura Gassho Community and Gokayama. Venture out of the city with trips to Suganuma Gassho Community (in Nanto), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple, see the interesting displays at Motorcar Museum of Japan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church, and contemplate the long history of Shofukaku Garden.

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Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Komatsu, Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!, Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine)
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hase-dera Temple and Omiwa Shrine. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and SpaWorld. Venture out of the city with trips to Alphonse Mucha Museum (in Sakai), Sakurai (Anashinimasuhyozu Shrine, Sai Shrine, &more) and Muroji Temple (in Uda). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashihara Jingu, steep yourself in history at Ruins of Takatori Castle, don't miss a visit to Hi no Miyagura, and stroll the grounds of Ishibutai Tomb.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour builder app.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Spas

Side Trips

Sakurai, Asuka-mura, Yoshino-cho, Osaka, Tenri
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Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Muroji Temple ©
Muroji Temple
Kashihara Jingu
Kashihara Jingu

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Osake Jinja Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, appreciate the history behind Himeji Castle Daitenshu no Shachigawara (Replica), then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashima Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyoshinji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Shrine, then head outdoors with Shimmaiko Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Aga Shrine.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji online journey planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Takasago, Osake Jinja Shrine, Shimmaiko Beach, Kyoshinji Temple, Sumiyoshi Shrine
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Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Kashima Shrine ©
Kashima Shrine
Aga Shrine ©
Aga Shrine

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore and learn at Kaiten Museum and Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Former Naval Academy and Matsuyama Station. Venture out of the city with trips to Matsuyama (Spas & Matsuyama Castle), Hatsukaichi (Miyama Shrine, Mikasahama Beach, &more) and Ehime Tobe Zoo (in Tobe-cho). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Setonaikai.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima route planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Matsuyama, Hatsukaichi, Kaiten Museum, Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii, Ehime Tobe Zoo
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:
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Former Naval Academy ©
Former Naval Academy
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle

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