30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 7 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Takayama
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

4
nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

7
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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kanazawa is known for historic sites, parks, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Osaka to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

8
nights
Takayama

Takayama
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Daio Wasabi Farm (in Azumino), Matsumoto (Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto City Museum of Art, & more) and Tateyama-machi (Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Kurobe Dam). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, hike along Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Takayama online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Takayama, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Tateyama-machi, Daio Wasabi Farm, Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku, Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 12:
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Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

2
nights
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Shirakawa-mura: Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine) (in Katsuyama) and Ono (Echizen Ono castle & Kanamori Nagachika Statue). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, take in the views from Deai Bridge, and steep yourself in history at Kanda house.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura online itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ono, Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine)
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
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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 16th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, walk around Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Keep things going the next day: stop by Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then explore the activities along Saho River, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nara online attractions planner .

Drive from Shirakawa-mura to Nara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Shirakawa-mura in October, Nara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. On the 18th (Fri), you're off toFujiyoshida.

Things to do in Nara

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

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