31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ishigakiko Rito Terminal, Fly to Okinawa
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Nanjo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
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Ise
— 2 nights
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
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Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyako Shrine will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Ikema-jima Island. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, head off the coast to Kouri Island, and make a trip to East Henna Cape.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip planner.

London, UK to Miyakojima is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. In March, Miyakojima is much warmer than London - with highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Popular historic sites such as Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki are in your itinerary. Taketomi Yugafu-kan and Taketomi Folk Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, and walk around Banna Park.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 3.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Hoshisuna Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, head outdoors with Todomari Beach, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, and identify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima holiday maker tool.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Nanjo.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Nanjo

— 2 nights
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala, appreciate the history behind Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, then contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, and finally stroll around Cape Chinen Park. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and then step off the mainland to explore Kudakajima Island.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nanjo online itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Nanjo takes 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Nanjo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho

— 2 nights
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 16th (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally admire the sheer force of Manai Falls. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, then contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, then make a trip to Shirakawa Springs, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangasho Shrine.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip planner.

You can fly from Nanjo to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. When traveling from Nanjo in March, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Takachiho-cho: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land. Visiting Oko no Taki Fall and Nagata Inakahama will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: hike along Seibu Trail, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, and take a peaceful walk through Shakunagenomori Park.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho planner.

You can do a combination of car, train, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Yakushima-cho, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Ise

— 2 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, make a trip to Oharai-machi, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ise sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Ise takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, expect nights in Ise to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Taiji Whale Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hashigui Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, then examine the collection at Sato Haruo Memoria Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Soo-ji Temple.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho holiday planner.

Getting from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ise in March: highs in Nachikatsura-cho hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura

— 1 night
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
On the 25th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Old Toyama Folk House Museum, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, steep yourself in history at Wada House, then contemplate the long history of Kanda house, and finally contemplate the long history of Akiba Shrine.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-mura visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Shirakawa-mura takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, Shirakawa-mura is little chillier than Nachikatsura-cho - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums

Nozawaonsen-mura

— 1 night
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen and then hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nozawaonsen-mura driving holiday website.

Drive from Shirakawa-mura to Nozawaonsen-mura in 4 hours. In March in Nozawaonsen-mura, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Spas

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tenryuji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Nishi Honganji. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Hachiman-bori (in Omihachiman), Hikone (Hikone Castle & Genkyuen Garden) and Nara (Mt. Wakakusa, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, take some stellar pictures from Sagano, and make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nozawaonsen-mura to Kyoto by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Nozawaonsen-mura in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

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.