31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
6
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Naha
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
9
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Highlights from your trip
Tokyo Tower ©
Architectural Building
Tokyo Tower
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to J-Wet Adventures (in Toyama) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). There's much more to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Omicho Market, and admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa holiday planning tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, things will get a bit cooler in Kanazawa: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

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4
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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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kyoto trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Nijo Castle ©
World heritage site
Nijo Castle
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4
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en), Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine (in Takasago) and Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Kobe). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Osaka Castle ©
Castle
Osaka Castle
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Himeji Castle ©
World heritage site
Himeji Castle
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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 18th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Itsukushima Shrine ©
World heritage site
Itsukushima Shrine
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Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Historic Site
Atomic Bomb Dome
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll around Tateyama Park, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, examine the collection at Dejima, then stroll through Glover Garden, and finally walk around Nabekanmuriyama Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): stroll around Nagao Castle Park, stroll around Inasayama Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofukuji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, and finally snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Nagasaki vacation maker tool.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Glover Garden ©
Garden
Glover Garden
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nanjo (Sefa-Utaki, Sangui, &more) and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, push the limits with Street Kart Okinawa, don't miss a visit to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, and admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Naha driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Naha takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagasaki in March; daily highs in Naha reach 24°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Shurijo Castle ©
Castle
Shurijo Castle
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Kokusaidori ©
Landmark
Kokusaidori
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Sefa-Utaki ©
Historic Site
Sefa-Utaki
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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 25th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures 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 steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market, head outdoors with Mt. Yaedake, then experience rural life at Aiai Farm, then take in the views from Kouri Ohashi, and finally head off the coast to Kouri Island.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip builder tool.

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 March, Motobu-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
World heritage site
Nakijin Castle Ruins
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Kouri Ohashi ©
Bridge
Kouri Ohashi
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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: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, stroll around Kabira Park, and look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki takes 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ishigaki when traveling from Motobu-cho in March, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your trip
Kabira Bay ©
Water Body
Kabira Bay
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Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Observation Deck
Tamatorizaki Observatory
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