31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Paris to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 7:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Fujinomiya (Kusushi Shrine & Fujinomiya Route), Hakone-machi (Hakone Ropeway, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, &more) and Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park (in Gotemba). There's much more to do: stroll through Mount Fuji, step into the grandiose world of Odawara Castle Tenshukaku, don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda, and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Matsumoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Matsumoto Alps Park, then admire the masterpieces at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiho-ji Temple. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan), identify plant and animal life at Kirigamine Marshland, then sample the tasty concoctions at Maihime Breweries, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine, and finally stroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Matsumoto vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Matsumoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in May, you will find days in Matsumoto are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Takayama (Sanmachi Suji, Takayama Jinya, &more), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa driving holiday planner.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kanazawa, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 16:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Ishitera Tea Plantation (in Wazuka-cho) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 22:

Osaka

— 4 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 (Kongobu-ji Temple, Mt. Koya, &more) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Osaka itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

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 27th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Himeji vacation planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in May: highs in Himeji hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 27:

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip tool.

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. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 27 — 31:

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.