29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

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Fly
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
5
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
7
Kamakura
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Osaka

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip website.

San Francisco, USA to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, visit Arashiyama, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 22:

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 23rd (Sat): stroll around Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

Discover how to plan a Himeji trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 23:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

Plan my day in Hiroshima using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 27th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, make a trip to Glover Sky Road, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, then see the interesting displays at Dejima, then look for gifts at Ishimaru Bunkoudou, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki travel route planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus; or drive. April in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

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 to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, walk around Ueno Park, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 3:

Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Scenic Walkway, then step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, and finally head outdoors with Kamakura Hiking Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Asaina Sunken Road, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), then contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Engaku-ji Temple, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Nagoe Excavation.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kamakura planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in May, you will find days in Kamakura are a bit cooler (67°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Hakone-machi

— 3 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: Fujiyoshida (Nishiura & Arakurayama Sengen Park) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Ide Sake Brewery). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip site.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 8:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). There's lots more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in May, expect nights in Kanazawa to be slightly colder, around 55°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 12:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.