31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  45​min
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
+4
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  10​h 45​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Subway + Train:  4​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Hakodate
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Aomori
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  6​h 15​min
8
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Train + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunayama Beach and East Henna Cape. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, stroll through Hika Road Park, and head off the coast to Kouri Island.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Miyakojima, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in July; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 37°C and lows reach 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Kouri Island ©
Kouri Island

4
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kondoi Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in an hour. July in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Nagomi Tower
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Ishigaki Yaima Village ©
Ishigaki Yaima Village
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Iriomote Island. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip maker website .

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Wasurenaishi ©
Wasurenaishi
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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 Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Wilson Stump. Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall and delve into the lush surroundings at Shakunagenomori Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho road trip tool .

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi from Iriomote-jima to Yakushima-cho in 11 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in July, expect little chillier with lows of 28°C in Yakushima-cho. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Yamato Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at JMSDF Kure Museum and Senjokaku. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Mt. Misen). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, don't miss a visit to Okonomimura, admire all the interesting features of MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hiroshima tour itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Highlights from your plan
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

3
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Explore hidden gems such as Motomachi and The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Onuma Park Walking Path and Motomachi Catholic Church. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Trappistine Monasteries, hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, and stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Hakodate day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Hiroshima to Hakodate in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in July, things will get a bit cooler in Hakodate: highs are around 26°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Aomori.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
Highlights from your plan
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Hakodate Magistrate's Office ©
Hakodate Magistrate's Office

3
nights
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hirosaki Castle and Oirase Mountain Stream. Let the collections at Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse and Tachineputa No Yakata capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, and get to know the fascinating history of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Aomori trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Hakodate to Aomori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Aomori are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Oirase Mountain Stream, Hirosaki Castle, Tachineputa No Yakata
Highlights from your plan
Tachineputa No Yakata ©
Tachineputa No Yakata
Aomori Museum of Art ©
Aomori Museum of Art
Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru ©

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, enjoy breathtaking views from Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck, contemplate the long history of Wada House, then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Gokoku Shrine. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), then examine the collection at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Takayama trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Aomori to Takayama takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aomori in July: high temperatures in Takayama hover around 35°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Wada House ©
Wada House

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Let the collections at Fukui Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Oyama Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Kita Family House (in Hodatsushimizu-cho) and Gokayama (in Nanto). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Nagamachi District, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa vacation builder website .

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Kita Family House, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Gokayama
Highlights from your plan
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

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