31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Fujinomiya
— 2 nights
Train
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Hamamatsu
— 3 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 2 nights
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Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Kunigami-son
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Kunigami-son
— 1 night
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Okinawa City
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
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Tokyo

— 6 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.
You've added Imperial Palace, Japan Panoramic Tours, Asakusa, and other attractions to your itinerary. Head to Ginza and Wa Spacefor plenty of shopping. Visit Shirasato Central Beach and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) for some beach relaxation. Change things up with a short trip to Moriya Beach in Katsuura (about 2 hours away). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, make a trip to Tokyo Central Railway Station, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online sightseeing planner.

Ahmedabad, India to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Tokyo. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fujinomiya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Fujinomiya

— 2 nights
Sitting on the southwest slopes of Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya makes a popular starting point for climbing trips to the famous mountain's summit.
On the 8th (Sun), get curious at Tokai University Marine Science Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, and finally pick up some local products at Mafuji no Sato. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, then admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fujinomiya day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujinomiya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujinomiya: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hamamatsu.

Things to do in Fujinomiya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Hamamatsu

— 3 nights

City of Music

An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saigagake Museum and Ryotan-ji Temple. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Arai Beach and Bentenjima Beach. Go for a jaunt from Hamamatsu to Gamagori to see Laguna Ten Bosch about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Hamamatsu Air Park, admire nature's extreme beauty at Nakatajima Sand Dunes, explore the historical opulence of Hamamatsu Castle Tower Gate, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ryugashido Cavern.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hamamatsu trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Fujinomiya to Hamamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Hamamatsu, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Hamamatsu

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nagoya Castle and Atsuta Jingu Shrine. Head to Otsukaya Kurumamichi Honten and Sakaefor plenty of shopping. Step out of Nagoya with an excursion to Chukyo Horse Race Track in Toyoake--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, browse the different shops at Oasis 21, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nagoya tour itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Hamamatsu to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Nagoya sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Shopping · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hero Tour Japan and 株式会社 MATATABI. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Ryoanji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Gion, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Osaka

— 5 nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more) and Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, explore the world behind art at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and see the interesting displays at Koyano Museum of Antique Main Building.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nijigen no Mori. On the 24th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, then visit Kobe Harborland, then examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Nijigen no Mori, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kobe itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in August, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 31°C, while days are little chillier, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Kobe

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kunigami-son

— 1 night
Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
On the 26th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Ishiyama Viewing Platform, enjoy the sand and surf at Okuma Beach, see the interesting displays at Yambaru Wildlife Center Ufugi Nature Museum, then look for gifts at Hiro Coffee Farm, and finally stroll through Gallirallus Okinawae Learning Center. On the next day, examine the collection at Okinawa Ishi no Bunka Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisekirinzan, then take some stellar pictures from Cape Hedo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Okushuraku.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kunigami-son trip itinerary app.

Explore your travel options from Kobe to Kunigami-son with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Kunigami-son can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Okinawa City

— 3 nights
Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and then Head underground at Blue Cave. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Tropical Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, and finally explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Okinawa City attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Kunigami-son to Okinawa City takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Japan Panoramic Tours. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Samurai Museum and then take in the local landmarks with Japan Panoramic Tours.

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

Getting from Okinawa City to Tokyo by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

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.