31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Naha
— 1 night
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Sapporo

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Noboribetsu (Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, Jigokudani, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and get great views at Mt. Moiwa.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sapporo vacation maker tool.

London, UK to Sapporo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Sapporo. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 0°C and lows are around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 5 nights
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 find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sapporo in December, plan for much warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa route builder site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (11°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 21st (Tue): stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park, don't miss a visit to Glover Garden, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then steep yourself in history at Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Megane Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, and finally ponder the world of politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Naha

— 1 night

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Naminoue-gu Shrine, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, then don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, and finally make a trip to Makishi Public Market.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Naha trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Naha by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagasaki in December: high temperatures in Naha hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Motobu-cho

— 2 nights
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.
On the 26th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Yohena Ajisai Park, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, make a trip to Kouri Ohashi, then take in panoramic vistas at Kouri Ocean Tower, and finally kick back and relax at Akabaka Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Naha to Motobu-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Naha in December, Motobu-cho is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, and examine the collection at MInsah Kogei Museum.

Plan a Ishigaki trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ishigaki, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.