29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Fly
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Sapporo — 3 nights

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Go for a jaunt from Sapporo to Otaru to see Otaru Canal about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Odori Park, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, and fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip itinerary tool.

Warsaw, Poland to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Warsaw in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sapporo, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Kanazawa.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

Kanazawa — 2 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa planning site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in September: highs in Kanazawa hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Nagasaki.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Nagasaki — 2 nights

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 29th (Thu), head off the coast to Hashima Island and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Nagasaki by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, Nagasaki is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

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.
Spend 1st (Sat) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nagasaki in September: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 37°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 4th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planning website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Ishigaki in October, things will get little chillier in Hiroshima: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 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.
On the 6th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji trip planning app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Kyoto — 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Matsumoto.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:

Matsumoto — 3 nights

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.
Take a break from Matsumoto with a short trip to Snow Monkey Resorts in Nagano, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maehotaka, look for gifts at Hanakomichi, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Zuisho Matsumotokan.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto journey site.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: high temperatures in Matsumoto hover around 21°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:

Hakone-machi — 2 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and then get great views at Hakone Ropeway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Hakone Skyline, examine the collection at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, and then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi visit planner.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. October in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.
Museums · Scenic Drive · Nature · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, stop by Odaiba District, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip app.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:

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.