31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima vacation planner.

Krakow, Poland to Hiroshima is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Krakow in December, with highs in Hiroshima at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:

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 6th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Himeji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:

Osaka

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Walking tours, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more), Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Tanzan Shrine) and Yoshimura Residence (in Habikino). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, examine the collection at Namban Culture Center, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 11:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planning app.

Drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 17:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, and stop by Higashichaya Old Town.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Imamiya Tea Plantation (in Fuji), Fujiyoshida (Nishiura & Shinsekai Kanpai Street) and Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi). Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi route planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. December in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 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.