31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Bus to Kumamoto, Fly to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 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.
Asakusa Shrine and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Senso-ji Temple are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, shop like a local with Asakusa, stop by Odaiba District, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder.

Newark, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 60°F in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Nikko

— 3 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Chuzenji and Ryuzu Waterfall. Get some cultural insight at Yudaki Falls and Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nikko journey planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Aragusuku Beach and Nakanoshima Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Yabiji and Kouri Island. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, make a trip to East Henna Cape, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nikko to Miyakojima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Nikko in October, expect Miyakojima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Explore hidden gems such as Kondoi Beach and Tamatorizaki Observatory. Spend 14th (Sat) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip builder.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. October in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In October in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Onna-son

— 3 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Cave. Step off the beaten path and head to Katsuren Castle Ruins and Zakimi Castle Ruins. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park & The Tower of Himeyuri), Shurijo Castle (in Naha) and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son). There's more to do: stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Onna-son tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in October, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yakusugi Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Wilson Stump and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Onna-son in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yakushima-cho, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Takachiho-cho

— 1 night
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.
On the 24th (Tue), go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge.

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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. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Takachiho-cho, with lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Explore hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Dotombori to see Dotombori District about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima visit planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.