31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
4
Himeji
— 1 night
5
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
6
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
7
Onna-son
— 4 nights
8
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
9
Sapporo
— 4 nights

5
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Kamakura and see Kōtoku-in, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Have a day of magic on the 7th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Tokyo is 15 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Chicago in September, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Kōtoku-in
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Take a break from Hakone-machi with a short trip to Kiunkaku in Atami, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

For ratings and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tokyo in September, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks Spas Baths

Side Trip

Kiunkaku
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel route planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in September: highs in Kyoto hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, thensteep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Himeji online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 18th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, thenstep off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thenappreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi trip builder.

Take a train from Himeji to Hatsukaichi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Hatsukaichi, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hiroshima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, thensee the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally take in the views from Megane Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Nagasaki Bio Park, step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, and then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip itinerary app.

Getting from Hatsukaichi to Nagasaki by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Nagasaki Bio Park
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

4
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Venture out of the city with trips to Naha (Makishi Public Market, Kokusaidori, &more), Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son) and Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, get outside with Manza Beach, and kick back and relax at Kariyushi Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Onna-son trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Onna-son takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Onna-son are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Naha, Motobu-cho, Kouri Ohashi, Okuma Beach, Nirai Beach
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
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 26th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, thendon't miss a visit to Omicho Market, thenstop by Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, stroll around Kanazawa Castle Park, thenadmire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, thenstep into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip builder app.

You can fly from Onna-son to Kanazawa in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, Kanazawa is little chillier than Onna-son - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Jigokudani (in Noboribetsu). There's lots more to do: walk around Odori Park, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, enjoy breathtaking views from Sapporo TV Tower, and get great views at Mt. Moiwa.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo day trip tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Sapporo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Otaru Canal, Jigokudani
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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