31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

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Kamakura
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

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 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kakuonji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, then contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seido no Tori, head off the coast to Enoshima Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokeiji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), then steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Nugoo, Ninotorii.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kamakura online travel planner.

Goa, India to Kamakura is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Goa in June: high temperatures in Kamakura hover around 25°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and visit Odaiba District.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planner.

Getting from Kamakura to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kamakura in June, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Sapporo

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Noboribetsu (Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, Jigokudani, &more) and Otaru (Otaru Canal & Tomioka Catholic Church). There's still lots to do: walk around Odori Park, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sapporo visit planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Sapporo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, Sapporo is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 20°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 27th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

You can fly from Sapporo to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Sapporo in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

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You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Walking tours, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, buy something for everyone on your list at Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Osaka planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to take a train 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 7th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima route planning app.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 9th (Fri), get outside with Emerald Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and finally kick back and relax at Akabaka Beach. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Uppama Coast, take in the views from Kouri Ohashi, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally get outside with Gorilla Chop.

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Fly from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 5 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: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki journey maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for 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.