31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shodoshima-cho, Shodo-shima
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
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Toyama
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Sendai
— 2 nights
Train
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Aomori
— 2 nights
Train
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Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Okinawa City
— 2 nights
Drive to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Fly to Kolkata (Calcutta)

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Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online trip planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Hiroshima is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 3.5 hours. In December, Hiroshima is much colder than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shodoshima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Shodoshima-cho, Shodo-shima

— 3 nights
On an island famed for its gorgeous landscapes and seaside vistas, the town of Shodoshima-cho serves as the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shodoshima-cho: Teshima (Teshima Art Museum & Teshima Terraced Rice Field Project) and Tonosho-cho (Okunoin Kasagatakiji Temple & Kasaneiwa (Piled Rocks)). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hitoyama Rikyu Hachiman Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Kankakei Summit Observation, get to know the resident critters at Choshikei Osaru no Kuni, and make a trip to Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Shodoshima-cho online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Hiroshima to Shodoshima-cho in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shodoshima-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 5 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto vacation builder website.

Drive from Shodoshima-cho to Kyoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, make a trip to Neagarimatsu, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kanazawa online travel route planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Toyama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Toyama

— 1 night
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Rakusuitei Art Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Former Uchiyama Residence, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sotoshu Chokeiji Temple, then explore the world behind art at Hokugin Galerie Millet, and finally admire the masterpieces at Toyama Glass Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Toyama trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Toyama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Toyama sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Toyama

Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Tokyo

— 4 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip site.

You can fly from Toyama to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Toyama in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa

— 1 night
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 21st (Tue), explore the activities along Yukiwari Canyon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shirakawa Flower World, take in nature's colorful creations at Suirakuen, then get engrossed in the history at Kominejo Catsle History Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myokanji Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Shirakawa trip itinerary app.

Getting from Tokyo to Shirakawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Shirakawa hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Sendai

— 2 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinnoji Temple, don't miss a visit to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, appreciate the views at Ogi Valley, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Futahashira Shrine. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at The Miyagi Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, pause for some photo ops at Zuihoden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoon-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosho-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sendai trip planner.

You can drive from Shirakawa to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Shirakawa in December, Sendai is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Aomori

— 2 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the striking features of Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station, make a trip to Josenji Temple, then take in the views from Jogakura Bridge, then admire the verdant scenery at Tashirotai Heights, and finally make a trip to Snow Corridor. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, then make a trip to Jomon Jiyukan, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sannai-Maruyama Site, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Aomori online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Aomori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sendai in December: high temperatures in Aomori hover around 1°C and lows are around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hakodate.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums · Spas · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hakodate

— 1 night

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll around Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen), admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally make a trip to Hachimanzaka.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakodate road trip planning website.

Getting from Aomori to Hakodate by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Osaka

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Nara Park, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Osaka road trip planner.

Getting from Hakodate to Osaka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hakodate in December, expect Osaka to be a bit warmer, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Okinawa City

— 2 nights
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. On the 30th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Okinawa City fast, fun, and easy.

You can fly from Osaka to Okinawa City in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. On the 31st (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.

Shikoku travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
Spiritual Island
The smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku remains one of the country's forgotten tourist destinations, still considered little more than a rural backwater. Despite this reputation, the island boasts numerous notable temples and outstanding hiking areas, sure to satisfy nature lovers and those looking to add a bit of culture to their visit. Shikoku tourism gets a boost from its famed "88 Temple Route," appealing to pilgrims seeking spiritual perfection, as well as pristine natural scenery of picturesque rivers and majestic mountains. Thanks to the area's rugged but easily accessible wilderness, some of the most popular things to do in Shikoku include hiking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, and sailing.

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.