31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Hateruma-jima
— 1 night
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Kumejima-cho
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Towada
— 1 night
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Biei-cho
— 3 nights
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Shari-cho
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Cape Hirakubozaki. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach, West Ufudaki Lookout, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Ibaruma Sabichi Cave, appreciate the history behind Yoko Gushiken Monument, and explore the activities along Kabira Bay.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel route planner.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in September; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 37°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 6th (Mon), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally head off the coast to Barasu Island.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima tour itinerary planning tool.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aragusuku Beach and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima travel tool.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In September, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hateruma-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

1
night
Hateruma-jima

Hateruma-jima ©
On the 11th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japan and then kick back and relax at Nishihama Beach.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hateruma-jima trip itinerary site.

Explore your travel options from Miyakojima to Hateruma-jima with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach
Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japan ©
Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japan

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Kumejima-cho

Kumejima-cho ©
The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
On the 12th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Kumejima Island, get a taste of life in the country at Kumejima Uma Bokujo, then head off the coast to Hatenohama, and finally get great views at Hiyajo Banta.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kumejima-cho holiday app.

Explore your travel options from Hateruma-jima to Kumejima-cho with the Route module. In September, daytime highs in Kumejima-cho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Hatenohama ©
Hatenohama
Kumejima Island ©
Kumejima Island
Hiyajo Banta ©
Hiyajo Banta

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kodai-ji Temple and Amore Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto driving holiday tool.

Getting from Kumejima-cho to Kyoto by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kumejima-cho in September; daily highs in Kyoto reach 33°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, then explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, and finally explore the activities along Ashura no Nagare.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Towada travel route planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Towada by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Towada: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Towada

Nature · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Towada Art Center ©
Towada Art Center
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall

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Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shikisai no Oka and Patchwork no Michi. Explore Biei-cho's surroundings by going to Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho), Furano (Furabi & Campana Rokkatei) and Kamikawa-cho (Akadake Ginsendai, Daisetsuzan, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Shirogane Blue Pond, take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, and take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita Lavender East.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Biei-cho road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Towada to Biei-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Traveling from Towada in September, plan for little chillier nights in Biei-cho, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka
Asahi-dake ©
Asahi-dake
Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower ©
Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower

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Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Rausu and Shiretoko Misaki. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory & Lake Mashu). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, cruise along Shiretoko Pass, and look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Shari-cho tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Biei-cho to Shari-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Shari-cho, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki

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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 Japan Wonder Travel and teamLab☆Planets. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Hidaka to see Kinchakuda Manjushage Park about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo journey app.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Japan Wonder Travel ©
Japan Wonder Travel
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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