30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
6
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Yakushima-cho
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
8
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Bus to Fukuoka, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nezu Shrine and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). Popular historic sites such as Hase-dera Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine are in your itinerary. Step out of Tokyo to go to Kamakura and see Kōtoku-in, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, make a trip to Tokyo National Museum, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Madrid, Spain to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Madrid to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Madrid in June: highs in Tokyo hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

3
nights
Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Kanda house. Oyama Shrine and Wada House will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, and stroll around Kenrokuen Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

2
nights
Ise

A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, examine the collection at Okageza, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, make a trip to Okage Yokocho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, step off the mainland to explore Mikimoto Pearl Island, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, and finally make a trip to Meotoiwa.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ise trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Ise in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ise, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Ichimai-iwa, take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Nachikatsura-cho sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, and then get outside with Paddle Park. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hatsukaichi trip planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Hatsukaichi by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

2
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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.
On the 19th (Sat), make a trip to Wilson Stump, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, and finally don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Yakusugi Land.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho itinerary builder website.

Getting from Hatsukaichi to Yakushima-cho by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

2
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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.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eight Dragon King God of Water Shrine, then take in the pleasant sights at Takachihokyo Passage, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Josenji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hutagami Shrine.

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

You can do a combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In June, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

3
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Toguchi no Hama. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, and take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima journey builder tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima takes 8 hours. In June, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than Takachiho-cho - with highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

5
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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, kick back and relax at Sunset Beach, get outside with Yonehara Beach, and get great views at Cape Ongazaki.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki road trip website.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In June in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.