29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + train:  22​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Okayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Matsue
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  4​h 15​min
5
Nagano
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
7
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
8
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
9
Kobe
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matsuyama (Thermal Spas, Yu Shrine, & more) and Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Senjokaku, & more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima vacation builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Hiroshima is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in March, things will get a bit warmer in Hiroshima: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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 4th (Tue): make a trip to Otemae Street, admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishogun Shrine.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip builder.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

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

3
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Okayama: Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, & more) and Takamatsu (Ritsurin Garden & Shikoku Village). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Korakuen Garden, meet the residents at Handayama Botany, browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Okayama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Jinja.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Okayama vacation builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in April, Okayama is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Takamatsu
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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

1
night
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
On the 8th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Matsue Vogel Park, explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shinjiko Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Matsue trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Okayama to Matsue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Matsue, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shinji Lake
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Shinji Lake ©
Shinji Lake
Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle
Matsue Vogel Park ©
Matsue Vogel Park

3
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Get out of town with these interesting Nagano side-trips: Uedajo Castle (in Ueda), Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura) and Yamanouchi-machi (Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park & Shiga Kogen Ski Area). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkō-ji Temple and contemplate the long history of Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nagano tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Matsue to Nagano in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April in Nagano, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yamanouchi-machi, Ueda Castle, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

5
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, religious sites, sightseeing, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera, wander the streets of Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
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.
On the 17th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate the long history of Tōdai-ji, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Naramachi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Wakakusa Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, contemplate the long history of Taikichi Irie Historic Residence Site, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofukuji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nara sightseeing planner.

Nara is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April in Nara, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

4
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Okunoin, Fukuchi-in Temple, & more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Ebisu Bridge, see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary builder.

Osaka is very close to Nara. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Koya-cho
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

4
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Step out of Kobe with an excursion to Shukugawa Park in Nishinomiya--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, soothe aching muscles at Arima Onsen, and steep yourself in history at Kobe Kitano Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe trip planner.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Shukugawa Park
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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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