30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner

Make it your trip
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Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly
9
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Yokohama
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Sapporo

— 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Tue), get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, and then walk around Odori Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo trip itinerary tool.

New York City, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in April: highs in Sapporo hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
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 4th (Thu): walk around Ishikawa Jumoku Park, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally stop by Higashichaya Old Town. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online vacation planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. While traveling from Sapporo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, then admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and finally examine the collection at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan). Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

Discover how to plan a Takayama trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 7:

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, contemplate the long history of Seinan Sumiyagura, and then stroll around Chubu Park. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and then explore the activities along Yamazaki River.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya travel route planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 53°F in Nagoya. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip site.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Classes
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Todaiji Keidaicho. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Ishitera Tea Plantation, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and then stroll through Nara Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nara itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Nara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then wander the streets of Dotombori District. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, Osaka is little chillier at night with lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:

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.
On the 18th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

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

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to fly to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 2 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, then explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, then stroll around Arakurayama Sengen Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi online vacation planner.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, and then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi planner.

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hakone-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hakone-machi are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
On the 24th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Nagoe Excavation, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, and then stroll around Yokohama Negishi Forest Park. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Yokohama online journey planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Yokohama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in April: highs in Yokohama hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 25:

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Have a day of magic on the 29th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Akihabara, and walk around Ueno Park.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yokohama to Tokyo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30:

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.