30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
4
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
8
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur


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2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and finally get outside with Toguchi no Hama. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima holiday builder tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Miyakojima is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Miyakojima, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, Miyakojima is little chillier than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
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.
On the 4th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the next day, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki attractions planner .

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2 hours. April in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, 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: kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima day trip planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. April in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, then look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins, browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, and then get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Onna-son travel itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Onna-son, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Katsuren Castle Ruins, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

4
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yutoku Inari Shrine and Suwa Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum. When in Nagasaki, make a side trip to see Sakitsu Catholic Church in Amakusa, approximately 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ōura Church, and don't miss a visit to Oura International Cemetery.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip planner .

Fly from Onna-son to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Onna-son in April, things will get a bit cooler in Nagasaki: highs are around 22°C and lows about 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sakitsu Catholic Church, Yutoku Inari Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Yutoku Inari Shrine ©
Yutoku Inari Shrine
Sakitsu Catholic Church ©
Sakitsu Catholic Church

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Miyajima, Yamato Museum
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Mint Museum and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Koyasan Okunoin and Kasuga Grand Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Nara Park in Nara (about 54 minutes away). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Dotonbori, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten, and take in the pleasant sights at Midosuji Street.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Koyasan Okunoin
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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.
Visit Nezu Shrine and Asakusa Shrine for their historical value. Do your shopping at Omotesando and Murasaki Sports Ueno Honten. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, take a stroll through Ueno, and browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Hokkaido University Museum and Sanroku Design. Hokkaido Jingu and Fushimi Inari Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place in Kutchan-cho (about 1h 40 min away). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Sapporo Teine, get outside with Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort, and take in panoramic vistas at Okurayama Lookout.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place
Highlights from your plan
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout

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