31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
5
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
6
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Onna-son
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
8
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
9
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Chicago

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. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Chicago to Tokyo. Traveling from Chicago in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 69°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 ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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 still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To find ratings and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip builder.

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by combination of train and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in September, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel 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: Dotombori (in Dotombori), Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel route planner.

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in September: highs in Kyoto hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 68°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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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Himeji sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can 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, then step 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, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, 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 81°F during the day and 69°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 Nature

Side Trip

Hiroshima
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima
Miyajima

2
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

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, then see 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 ratings, photos, more things to do, 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: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 71°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: enjoy the sand and surf at Manza Beach, make a trip to Kouri Ohashi, and head outdoors with Kariyushi Beach.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, 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 and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Onna-son are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Naha, Motobu-cho, Nirai Beach, Okuma Beach, Kouri Ohashi
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

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, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then stop 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, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

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

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Kanazawa in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September, Kanazawa is little chillier than Onna-son - with highs of 78°F and lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
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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, stroll through Mt. Moiwa, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo day trip tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Sapporo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, expect nights in Sapporo to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°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
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Jigokudani ©
Jigokudani
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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