31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Train
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Onna-son
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Tokyo Disneyland (in Maihama). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour 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 drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 7:

3
nights
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 car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (70°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks · Baths · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

6
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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 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 · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 16:

1
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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.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. 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
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then 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 find maps and tourist information, refer to the Hatsukaichi itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hatsukaichi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. 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 · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

2
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Nagasaki

City of Peace

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 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 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

4
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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 Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son), Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach & Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium) and Naha (Makishi Public Market, Kokusaidori, &more). 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 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of bus 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 · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:

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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.

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 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 · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

4
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Sapporo

CIty of Ramen

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 much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sapporo trip maker website.

Fly from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.