29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Oita
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nakafurano-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kitami
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Sapporo
— 1 day
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Ishigaki

— 2 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki journey planner.

Manchester, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in July, expect Ishigaki to be much hotter, temps between 38°C and 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Tokyo

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip tool.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ishigaki in July since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Oita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:

Oita

— 2 nights
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
On the 13th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Beppu Tower, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Umi Jigoku, then don't miss a visit to Jigokumushikobo Kannawa, and finally contemplate the long history of Magari Stone Budda. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to JR Oita City, admire the masterpieces at Oita Prefectural Art Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Takasakiyama Nature Zoo, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, and finally get outside with Tanoura Beach.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Oita trip builder app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Oita in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Oita, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Oita

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Oita to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Oita in July, expect nights in Hiroshima to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:

Osaka

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Nara Park). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

Kyoto

— 5 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and stop by Gion.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planner.

Drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:

Kanazawa

— 3 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 (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nakafurano-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

Nakafurano-cho

— 2 nights
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): make a trip to Ningle Terrace and then take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of Wind. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita Lavender East, stroll through Shikisai no Oka, take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita, then experience rural life at Tomita Melon House, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Choei Lavender Farm.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nakafurano-cho, use our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kanazawa to Nakafurano-cho. Traveling from Kanazawa in July, things will get slightly colder in Nakafurano-cho: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Kitami.

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

Kitami

Kitami is a city in Okhotsk Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kitami day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nakafurano-cho to Kitami takes 4 hours. August in Kitami sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 2nd (Mon), you're off to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kitami

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 3:

Sapporo

— 1 day

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 3rd (Tue), stroll around Odori Park and then make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo day trip site.

Traveling by car from Kitami to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sapporo when traveling from Kitami in August, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

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

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.