31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

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Fukuoka
— 5 nights
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Osaka
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Shari-cho
— 2 nights
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Onna-son
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka

— 5 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Head to Tosu Premium Outlets and Hakata Doll Shop Shogetsudofor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kushida Shrine and Yoshinogari Historical Park. Get out of town with these interesting Fukuoka side-trips: Ishibashi Cultural Center (in Kurume) and Ito Sai Sai (in Itoshima). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine, explore the wide array of goods at Fukuoka Mitsukoshi, get a taste of the local shopping with ARTIUM, and buy something for everyone on your list at Bayside Place Hakata.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka itinerary tool.

London, UK to Fukuoka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Fukuoka. Traveling from London in July, things will get a bit warmer in Fukuoka: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Osaka

— 1 night
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 8th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): walk around Nara Park, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, and finally shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Fukuoka to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Osaka sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kennin-ji Temple and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ippodo Tea Kyoto. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pola Museum of Art and The National Art Center, Tokyo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Kanda Myojin. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Kamakura Hiking Trails in Kamakura--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Ueno District, explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, enjoy some diversion at teamLab☆Planets, and stop by Shibuya Center-gai.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker app.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 18th (Mon): cruise along Road to Heaven, take in the spiritual surroundings of Raiun Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Tourist, then take a memorable drive along Ippon no Michi, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Uchu Observation Tower. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Oshin Koshin Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Godzilla Rock, and then explore the activities along Onnebetsu River.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Shari-cho trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Shari-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, Shari-cho is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Onna-son.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Onna-son

— 2 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Oceanic Culture Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akabaka Beach, get outside with Bisezaki, then stroll through Minna Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Busena Beach, kick back and relax at Kariyushi Beach, then kick back and relax at Diamond Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tiger Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Onna-son trip planning tool.

You can fly from Shari-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Shari-cho in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Onna-son: highs are around 37°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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 Nagamahama Beach Coast. Head to Atarasu Ichiba and Nangoku Zakka Tidafor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shigira Beach, see the interesting displays at Underground Dam Museum, and head outdoors with Sea Sky Hakuai.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima road trip planning website.

Fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach. Get in touch with nature at Nosoko Mape and Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. There's still lots to do: stop by Yurateiku Market, kick back and relax at Maezato Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake, examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, look for gifts at Pontankan, then admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Sempiro Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Isso Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and ferry from Ishigaki to Yakushima-cho takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ishigaki in July since evenings lows in Yakushima-cho dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.