31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to Memanbetsu Airport, Fly to Manchester

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Ishigaki

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonehara Beach and Banna Park. Spend 8th (Wed) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, stroll around Kabira Park, stroll through Kondoi Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online day trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In September, Ishigaki is much warmer than Manchester - with highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip planning app.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Miyakojima

— 4 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 East Henna Cape and Yabiji. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. September in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Motobu-cho

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Cave. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, and stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho online holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Motobu-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daytime highs in Motobu-cho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oko no Taki Fall and Yakusugi Land. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, trek along Seibu Trail, and don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yakushima-cho travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In September in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.
On the 21st (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On your second day here, stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, approximately Osaka away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto route planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Shari-cho

— 2 nights
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Misaki. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu, then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, and then stroll through Shiretoko Peninsula.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Shari-cho day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Shari-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, Shari-cho is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Teshikaga-cho

— 2 nights
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Bihorotoge Lookout, explore the activities along Lake Mashu, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Teshikaga-cho online vacation planner.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 4th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.