31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
1
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Onna-son
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  6​h
8
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
9
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock, and finally get great views at Ichimai-iwa.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Nachikatsura-cho is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Nachikatsura-cho due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in March: highs in Nachikatsura-cho hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Ichimai-iwa, Hashigui Rock
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
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 3rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, see the interesting displays at Okageza, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Ise Ninja Kingdom, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, and then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ise travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Ise are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
Ainokura Gassho Community and Takayama Jinya will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kanda house and Higashiyama Walking Course. Venture out of the city with trips to Gokayama (in Nanto), Norikura Kogen (Highland) (in Matsumoto) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Takayama trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Ise to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Takayama, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Norikura Kogen
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen

5
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Toji and Chion-in Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Yamato Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Itsukushima Shrine Torii and The Cenotaph. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima & Senjokaku), Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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 16th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, then hike along Seibu Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake and then get outside with Yakusugi Land.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hiroshima in April since evenings lows in Yakushima-cho dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

4
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Visit Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Sefa-Utaki for their historical value. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Kitanakagusuku-son) and Kunigami-son (Hiji Waterfall & Daisekirinzan). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kouri Beach, don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, head outdoors with Manza Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Onna-son online road trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. In April, daytime highs in Onna-son are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Motobu-cho, Kunigami-son, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, then head outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Barasu Island and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima route planner.

Explore your travel options from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima with the Route module. Traveling from Onna-son in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Iriomote-jima, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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 outdoors at Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kondoi Beach and Island Countryside Settlement. There's still lots to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, stroll around Kabira Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In April in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step out of the city life by going to Yabiji and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: get outside with Toguchi no Hama, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island, and take in the views from Kurima Bridge.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima travel route planner .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

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