30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Osaka Itami, Train to Nachikatsura-cho
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Ito
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 2 nights
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Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Indira Gandhi International Airport

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Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Nosoko Mape and Nakamoto Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble and Hairumubushi Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kohama-jima (West Ufudaki Lookout & Kubazaki Beach). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, visit Taketomi Submarine Hot Spring, kick back and relax at Shiraho Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ibaruma Sabichi Cave.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. Traveling from New Delhi in April, you will find days in Ishigaki are cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visit Todomari Beach and Haemida Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Nakama-river Protected Region and Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, kick back and relax at Shirahama Port, take in the dramatic scenery at Kura Falls, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima road trip tool.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. In April in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Toguchi no Hama and Yabiji. We've included these beaches for you: Nakanoshima Beach and Shigira Beach. There's lots more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, get outside with Nagamahama Beach Coast, and get great views at Shimojishima Airport RW17 End.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. In May in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Breweries & Distilleries

Onna-son

— 2 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Tobera Rock, enjoy the sand and surf at Tiger Beach, then have some family-friendly fun at Forest Adventure in Onna, then get outside with Zanpa Beach, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Sun Marina Beach, kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, then head outdoors with Manza Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Manza Dream Hole.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Onna-son road trip site.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Onna-son when traveling from Miyakojima in May, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
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 8th (Fri), make a trip to Yahazu Cape, enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Tashiro Beach, then stroll through Okinasugi, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planner.

You can fly from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Onna-son in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Highlights from your trip

Nachikatsura-cho

— 1 night
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Nachi Primeval Forest, explore the activities along Nachi Forest, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudarakusanji Temple, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then step off the mainland to explore Kinomatsushima Island, and finally kick back and relax at Kujirahama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Ichimai-iwa, enjoy breathtaking views from Kushimoto Marine Park Undersea Tower, then take in the dramatic natural features at Umikongo, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Nachikatsura-cho takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In May in Nachikatsura-cho, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ito.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Ito

— 4 nights
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Explore hidden gems such as Jogasaki Beach Picnical Course and Hashidate Tsuribashi. You'll get in some beach time at Iritahama Beach and Kawana Irukahama Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Ito: Inatori Hosono Kogen (in Higashiizu-cho), Hino Broccolini Garden (in Minamiizu-cho) and Ura Desert (in Oshima-machi). There's much more to do: stroll around Izu Oceanic Park Diving Center - I.O.P., take in the dramatic natural features at Omuro Highlands, tee off at Kawana Hotel, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ito road trip app.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ito in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Ito sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura

— 2 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): hike along Happo-one Nature Study Course, head outdoors with Hakuba Lion Adventure, snap pictures at Hakuba Ohashi Bridge, then snap pictures at Oide no Tsuribashi Suspension Bridge, then get outside with Shi no Komichi, and finally head outdoors with Little Fram Hasshi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): get outside with Mt.Takagari, identify plant and animal life at Iyari Marsh, then hike along Hakuba Daisekkei Trail, and finally head outdoors with Glad Quad.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hakuba-mura travel route builder website.

You can drive from Ito to Hakuba-mura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Hakuba-mura when traveling from Ito in May, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 2 nights
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): examine the collection at Japan Ski Museum, examine the collection at Oborozukiyo no Yakata Hanzan Bunko, then don't miss a visit to Amidado, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kayanotaira Highland, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Numanohara Wetlands. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kenmeiji Temple, trek along Shinetsu Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kamo Rice Terraces, and finally identify plant and animal life at Gimyo Rice Terrace.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nozawaonsen-mura journey planner.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kutchan-cho

— 4 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Yotei and Hokkaido Backcountry Club. Discover out-of-the-way places like White Isle Niseko and Utasai Beech Forests. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kutchan-cho: Shinsennuma (in Kyowa-cho), Shizukari Beach (in Oshamanbe-cho) and Onsen Resorts (in Shiraoi-cho). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort, contemplate the geological forces at Nitonupuri, take in nature's colorful creations at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden, and identify plant and animal life at Kagaminuma.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kutchan-cho day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nozawaonsen-mura to Kutchan-cho. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in May; daily highs in Kutchan-cho reach 17°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.