31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+5
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly + Train + Bus:  6 h 30 min
4
Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Fly + Taxi:  7 h 15 min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Bus + Train:  7 h 15 min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Train:  5 h 15 min
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train + Bus:  2 h 45 min
10
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  3 h
11
Tokyo
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Subway:  16 h 15 min
End: New York City

2
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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 13th (Mon), add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, then take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and finally head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, then kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and finally don't miss a visit to Soedo Sagaribana.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Miyakojima is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, train, and flight; or fly. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Miyakojima, with highs around 77°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

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 Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Island Countryside Settlement. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, walk around Banna Park, make a trip to Cape Ongazaki, and get outside with Kondoi Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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 18th (Sat): glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary site.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in April, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo), Onna Station Nakayukui Market (in Onna-son) and Daisekirinzan (in Kunigami-son). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, kick back and relax at Kouri Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Motobu-cho by combination of ferry, flight, and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Motobu-cho, with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nakijin-son, Sefa-Utaki, Daisekirinzan
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, and finally don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho attractions planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, train, ferry, and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, make a trip to Shirakawa Springs, then take in panoramic vistas at Ogidake Park Viewing Platform, and finally explore the ancient world of Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Takachiho-cho when traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ogidake Park Viewing Platform, Shirakawa Springs, Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Shukkei-en Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Yamato Museum (in Kure), Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, stroll around Momijidani Park, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

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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 Koyasan Okunoin and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Koyasan Danjo Garan, &more) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Todai-ji Temple, Osaka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tenshukakau Observatory and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa day trip website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Maruoka Castle, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
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 7th (Thu): get outside with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, take a stroll through Hakuba, then hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, then head outdoors with Mt.Takatsuma, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Mikurigaike Pond, take in the pleasant sights at Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall), then don't miss a visit to Kurobe Dam, and finally get outside with Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hakuba-mura road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Kanazawa to Hakuba-mura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Hakuba-mura, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Mt.Takatsuma, Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall)
Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall)
Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zojo-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, stroll around Ueno Park, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel website.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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