30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+2
Fly + subway + train:  17​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
2
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
3
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + train + bus:  7​h 15​min
4
Motobu-cho
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
7
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
8
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
10
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Manchester

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kintaikyo Bridge and Peace Bell. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour planning app .

Manchester, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Traveling from Manchester to Hiroshima, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in March; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Kintaikyo Bridge ©
Kintaikyo Bridge
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

3
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Takachiho Gorge and Takachiho Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Takachiho-cho: Taketa (Nyuta Nakashima Park, Oka Castle Ruins, & more), Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenri) and Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, and contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketa, Aso, Harajiri Falls, Mt. Aso, Shirakawa Springs
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

1
night
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, hike along Seibu Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho visit planner .

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Takachiho-cho in March, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

1
night
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center, stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, and finally contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and then go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Yakushima-cho to Motobu-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. In April in Motobu-cho, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nakijin Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yonaha Maehama Beach and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. April in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Hirakubozaki and Banna Park. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, head outdoors with Yonehara Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

To find reviews and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 10th (Fri), head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Iriomote-jima trip simple and quick.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then make a trip to Daimonzaka, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Iriomote-jima to Nachikatsura-cho. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Iriomote-jima in April; daily highs in Nachikatsura-cho reach 22°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Hashigui Rock ©
Hashigui Rock

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Toji and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kyoto, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Toji ©
Toji

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, approximately 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and wander the streets of Odaiba.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hitachi Seaside Park
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Hitachi Seaside Park ©
Hitachi Seaside Park
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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