31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Taxi to Bungo-Ogi, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tateyama-machi
— 2 nights
Drive to Toyama Airport, Fly to Las Vegas

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arona Spa and Tokyo National Museum. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stop by Odaiba District, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Las Vegas, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Tokyo is 17 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, you will find days in Tokyo are little chillier (76°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island. Here are some ideas for day two: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima tour itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Tokyo to Iriomote-jima in 6 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Iriomote-jima: highs are around 84°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Nishi Pier. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, stop by Yurateiku Market, and don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki travel route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In May in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yabiji and Aragusuku Beach. There's lots more to do: make a trip to East Henna Cape, head off the coast to Kouri Island, get outside with Sunayama Beach, and take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, and finally make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road and then enjoy the sand and surf at Emerald Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho route maker website.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Motobu-cho takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, make a trip to Taikoiwa, don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho driving holiday tool.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho in 5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in May, Yakushima-cho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Wildlife

Takachiho-cho

— 1 night
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, and finally go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho road trip planning site.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho by combination of ferry, train, and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge, then see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, and then examine the collection at Yamato Museum.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima by combination of taxi and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Gokayama (in Nanto). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and take in the pleasant sights at Gyokusen-immaru Garden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for slightly colder days in Kanazawa, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi

— 2 nights
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get outside with Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, take in the dramatic scenery at Shomyo Falls, and then trek along Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Mikurigaike Pond, then go for a walk through Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall), then see human ingenuity at work at Kurobe Dam, and finally go for a walk through Daikanbo.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tateyama-machi day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Tateyama-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Tateyama-machi are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

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.