30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h
3
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Aomori
— Few hours
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  4​h 30​min
5
Kurashiki
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
6
Kobe
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  30​min
8
Osaka
— 7 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

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.
Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Get a sense of the local culture at Tokyo National Museum and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and wander the streets of Ginza.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Jakarta to Tokyo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in June, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchiko, and then take in the views from Lake Kawaguchi Ohashi Bridge. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable ride with Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, then make a trip to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, and finally make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in June, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Mt. Fuji 5th Station
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine ©
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

3
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Goryokaku Park and Onuma Park Walking Path. Get a sense of the local culture at Motomachi and The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries, hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, and pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hakodate trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hakodate takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in June since evenings lows in Hakodate dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Aomori.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path

few
hours
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM and then get to know the fascinating history of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Aomori online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Hakodate to Aomori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Aomori can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites
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Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site
Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM ©

1
night
Kurashiki

Kurashiki ©
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
On the 1st (Sun), don't miss a visit to Kurashiki Ivy Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Achi Shrine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ohashi House.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kurashiki trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Aomori to Kurashiki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aomori in June: high temperatures in Kurashiki hover around 29°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites
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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Achi Shrine ©
Achi Shrine
Ohashi House ©
Ohashi House

4
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Himeji Castle and Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai). Change things up with a short trip to Kokoen Garden in Himeji (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kobe City Suma Marine Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Kurashiki to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Kobe, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, wander the streets of Gion, and get a sense of history and politics at Kyoto Imperial Palace.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel itinerary planner .

Kyoto is very close to Kobe. When traveling from Kobe in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

7
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 Castle and Koyasan Okunoin will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Todai-ji Temple and Museum of Oriental Ceramics. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Koyasan (in Koya-cho) and Nara (Isuien Garden, Kofuku-ji Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, admire the striking features of Tsutenkaku, don't miss a visit to Shinsaibashi, and get great views at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary planning website .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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