30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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

— 5 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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: Onna-son (Blue Cave & Cape Manzamo), Okinawa World Culture Kingdom Gyokusendo (in Nanjo) and Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, kick back and relax at Naminoue Beach, 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 · Beaches · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:

Nagasaki

— 3 nights

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
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 take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

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 · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:

Himeji

— 2 nights
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): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Ruins of Akashi Castle, get answers to all your questions at Awaji Highway Oasis, then take some stellar pictures from Awajihanasajiki, and finally take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Himeji takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Senjokaku, &more) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). 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.

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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 · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Kyoto

— 6 nights
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: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto planning website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 11:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
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, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip builder.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

Tokyo

— 6 nights
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 · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:

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.