31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route maker

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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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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Taxi to Bungoogi, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip app.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo is 17 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Geta Waterfall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip planning site.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Tokyo to Iriomote-jima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in May; daily highs in Iriomote-jima reach 34°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Explore hidden gems such as Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kondoi Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, stop by Yurateiku Market, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In May in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land. Get outdoors at Oko no Taki Fall and Seibu Trail. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Yakushima-cho takes 9 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in May, with highs in Yakushima-cho at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eight Dragon King God of Water Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Takachiho-cho trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Itsukushima Shrine. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yamato Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Senjokaku). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, get outside with Tobishima Kaido, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Todai-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and get to know the fascinating history of Nene-no-Michi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Seiganto-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in May, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then see the interesting displays at Okageza, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Shrine Geku. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ise vacation builder site.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Ise are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

Takayama

— 3 nights
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 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

Plan my day in Takayama using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Ise to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Takayama when traveling from Ise in May, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.