31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
4
Himeji
— 1 night
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Naha
— 3 nights
7
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
8
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
9
Kamakura
— 1 night
10
Tokyo
— 5 nights

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 J-Wet Adventures (in Toyama) and Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Kanazawa is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from San Jose to Kanazawa. In January, Kanazawa is colder than San Jose - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, J-Wet Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

4
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

4
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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 Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Experience YAMATO, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Koshikiiwa Shrine (in Nishinomiya). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour itinerary builder tool.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koshikiiwa Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Himeji sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 15th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

3
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki, Sangui, &more) and Blue Sky (in Nakagusuku-son). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, get the adrenaline pumping with Street Kart Okinawa, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, and have unforgettable encounters with Blue Magic Scuba Diving Service Naha Okinawa ブルーマジック ダイビング 沖縄 那覇.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha driving holiday planner.

Fly from Hiroshima to Naha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in January, you will find days in Naha are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are much warmer (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nanjo, Blue Sky, St. Clara Church
Highlights from your plan
Blue Sky ©
Blue Sky
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Uppama Coast, snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, then get outside with Mt. Yaedake, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Yohena Ajisai Park.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho day trip app.

You can drive from Naha to Motobu-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Naha in January since evenings lows in Motobu-cho dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nakijin-son
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

4
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get outside with Smoothly.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ishigaki, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

1
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Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): head off the coast to Enoshima Island, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kamakura online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Kamakura in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in January, things will get colder in Kamakura: highs are around 4°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Enoshima Island
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

5
nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, push the limits with Street Kart Shibuya, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Kamakura to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kamakura in January, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Street Kart Shibuya ©
Street Kart Shibuya
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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