30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Atami
— 3 nights
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Takayama
— 1 night
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Nakatsugawa
— 1 night
5
Totsukawa-mura
— 2 nights
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Kochi
— 1 night
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Kotohira-cho
— 1 night
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Naruto
— 1 night
9
Okayama
— 2 nights
10
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
11
Kyoto
— 4 nights
12
Nara
— 3 nights
13
Osaka
— 4 nights

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and Nezu Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tokyo National Museum and Naritasan Omote Sando. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Samurai Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, stop by Yanaka District, and wander the streets of Yokohama Minato Mirai 21.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Tokyo is 8 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Atami.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:
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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

3
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Atami

Atami ©
With Atami's relative proximity to the nation's capital, this beach resort town draws its fair share of visitors--though holidays in Atami are not just a matter of convenience.
Pola Museum of Art and Okada Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Samukawa Shrine and Kiunkaku will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Atami side-trips: Hakone-machi (Hakone Museum of Art & Lalique Museum Hakone), Terugasaki Beach (in Oiso-machi) and Ito (Mount Omuro & Jogasaki Coast).

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Atami road trip app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Atami in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect nights in Atami to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Atami

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast

1
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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Takayama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Atami to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Atami in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Takayama: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

1
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Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): cool off at Kur Resort Yubunesawa and then trek along Nakasendo Magome-juku.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Nakatsugawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nakatsugawa takes 2.5 hours. In September in Nakatsugawa, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Totsukawa-mura.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Spas · Theme Parks · Baths · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:
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Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku

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Totsukawa-mura

Totsukawa-mura ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kii Mountains, then don't miss a visit to Tanizeno Tsuribashi, then get to know the fascinating history of Kumano Kodo Trail, and finally take an in-depth tour of Totsukawamura Rekishi Minzoku Shiryokan. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take in the awesome beauty at Tamakiyama, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamaki Shrine, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Juni Falls.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Totsukawa-mura trip planner.

Getting from Nakatsugawa to Totsukawa-mura by car takes about 6 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Totsukawa-mura can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Totsukawa-mura

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:
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Kumano Kodo Trail ©
Kumano Kodo Trail
Tamaki Shrine ©
Tamaki Shrine
Tanizeno Tsuribashi ©
Tanizeno Tsuribashi

1
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Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chikurinji Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, and finally kick back and relax at Katsura Hama.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochi itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Totsukawa-mura to Kochi in 7.5 hours. In September in Kochi, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kotohira-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden ©
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple

1
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Kotohira-cho

Kotohira-cho ©
Known only for being the home of the Kompirasan Shrine Complex, the tiny town of Kotohira-cho remains a popular day trip destination from larger nearby cities.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Kyu Zentsujikaikosya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zentsu-ji Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Nogi Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotohira-gu.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotohira-cho tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kochi to Kotohira-cho in 2 hours. September in Kotohira-cho sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Naruto.

Things to do in Kotohira-cho

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:
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Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Zentsu-ji Temple ©
Zentsu-ji Temple

1
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Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the views from Onaruto Bridge and then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Naruto travel route website.

Drive from Kotohira-cho to Naruto in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kotohira-cho in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Naruto, with lows around 26°C. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Onaruto Bridge ©
Onaruto Bridge

2
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Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 12th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and finally examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsuhiko Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Kinojo Castle, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Washu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Okayama day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Naruto to Okayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Naruto in September since evenings lows in Okayama dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Kibitsu Shrine ©
Kibitsu Shrine
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

2
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tenryuji Temple and Toji. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Mimurotoji Temple in Uji, approximately Uji away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and go for a walk through Gion.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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Nara

Nara ©

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kasuga Grand Shrine and Toshodai-ji Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horyu-ji Temple and Omiwa Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Nara side-trips: Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple & Genpinan), Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall (in Nabari) and Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Nara National Museum, and contemplate the long history of Hieda Kango Shuraku Circular Moat Village.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nara tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In September, daytime highs in Nara are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Koyasan Okunoin and Koyasan Reihokan Museum. Visit Kongobu-ji Temple and Himeji Castle for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koyasan Danjo Garan (in Koya-cho), Arima Onsen (in Kobe) and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otoshi Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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