29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima

— 3 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Daishoin Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Traveling from London in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Hiroshima: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:

Himeji

— 4 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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens (in Kobe), Sato Fruit Kobo (in Nishiwaki) and Ono Cherry Blossom Corridor (in Ono). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Tarumino Ozakura, go for a walk through Takeda Teramachi Street, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Himeji sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and wander the streets of Gion.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip app.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 16:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Takayama (Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, Takayama Jinya, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for little chillier nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakone-machi: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Izu Glass and Craft Museum (in Ito) and Jiun-ji Temple (in Koshu). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in April, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 15°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:

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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Akihabara, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 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.