31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naha
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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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, see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki online visit planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Ishigaki is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Jakarta in January, with highs in Ishigaki at 24°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, observe the fascinating underwater world 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): kick back and relax at Akabaka Beach, relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm, make a trip to Kouri Ohashi, enjoy breathtaking views from Ishiyama Viewing Platform, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kouri Ocean Tower, and finally meet some fierce fish with TEERA SCUBA VENTURES, OKINAWA.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip app.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ishigaki in January since evenings lows in Motobu-cho dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

3
nights
Naha

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.
Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Apeman Spa (in Nanjo), Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling & Cape Manzamo) and Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri, Heiwa no Ishiji, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, look for gifts at Splash Okinawa Shop No. 1, make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and get to know the fascinating history of Naminoue-gu Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Naha trip maker.

Traveling by car from Motobu-cho to Naha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Naha, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

2
nights
Nagasaki

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 11th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Hongouchi, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, then stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou, and finally contemplate the long history of Glover Garden. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, take in the views from Megane Bridge, get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then enjoy breathtaking views from Inasayama Observation Deck, and finally don't miss a visit to Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki trip planner.

Getting from Naha to Nagasaki by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. While traveling from Naha, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Nagasaki, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, 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 ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more), Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 23rd (Sat), take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally make a trip to Neagarimatsu.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa route builder website.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

3
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Sapporo

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 (Otaru Canal & Tomioka Catholic Church). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Maruyama Zoo, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sapporo road trip website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Sapporo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, Sapporo is slightly colder than Kanazawa - with highs of -3°C and lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

5
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Sapporo to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Sapporo, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.