31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sofia
Fly:  22​h
1
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
3
Ibusuki
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Ise
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sofia

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Relax by the water at Toguchi no Hama and Aragusuku Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Yukishio Museum. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner .

Sofia, Bulgaria to Miyakojima is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Miyakojima is 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sofia in March: highs in Miyakojima hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Cape Hirakubozaki and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stroll around Banna Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

Before you visit Ishigaki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In March in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

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

1
night
Ibusuki

A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kaimondake, then take a memorable drive along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ibusuki road trip app .

Getting from Ishigaki to Ibusuki by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Ishigaki in March, expect Ibusuki to be little chillier, temps between 16°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Nature Parks Baths
Highlights from your plan
Onsen Resorts
Mt. Kaimondake ©
Mt. Kaimondake

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Nagata Inakahama and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip planner .

Getting from Ibusuki to Yakushima-cho by car takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Ibusuki in March, expect nights in Yakushima-cho to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and JMSDF Kure Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Yamato Museum and Mazda Museum. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Daishoin Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To plan Hiroshima vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, things will get a bit cooler in Hiroshima: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

4
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.
Toji and Eikando Zenrinji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Tofuku-ji Temple and Kinkaku-ji are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and make a trip to Gion.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online journey planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): stroll through Hashigui Rock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine.

Plan trip to Nachikatsura-cho with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in March, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ise trip planner .

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. When traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ise: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Step off the beaten path and head to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Nanto (Ainokura Gassho Community, Gokayama, & more), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa travel planning website .

Drive from Ise to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pola Museum of Art and Minato Mirai 21. Do your shopping at Ginza and Asakusa. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Kanazawa - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pola Museum of Art, Minato Mirai 21
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

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