30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Naha
— 5 nights
2
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
7
Tokyo
— 6 nights

5
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Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo (in Nanjo), Onna-son (Blue Cave & Cape Manzamo) and Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, and make a trip to Makishi Public Market.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Naha trip itinerary builder website.

Vancouver, Canada to Naha is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Naha. In September, Naha is warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Onna-son, Motobu-cho, Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo, Tropical Beach, Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

3
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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.
Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, contemplate the long history of Glover House and Office, and step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Naha to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Naha in September; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 32°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Otemae Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Ruins of Akashi Castle, then get your bearings at Awaji Highway Oasis, then take some stellar pictures from Awajihanasajiki, and finally take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner.

Fly from Nagasaki to Himeji in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Awaji, Ruins of Akashi Castle, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Senjokaku, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and catch a live event at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

Plan trip to Hiroshima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and visit Arashiyama.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Wada House, &more) and Amaharashi Coast (in Takaoka). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, visit Nagamachi Neighborhood, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Amaharashi Coast
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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