31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hase-dera Temple and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Zojo-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Hase-dera Temple Kannondo). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary website.

Little Rock, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Traveling from Little Rock in April, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 17th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Tokyo to Iriomote-jima in 7.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: high temperatures in Iriomote-jima hover around 78°F and lows are around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
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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 some cultural insight at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Explore hidden gems such as Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Spend 21st (Wed) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, stroll around Banna Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

For maps and other tourist information, read Ishigaki journey website.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. April in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visiting Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Yabiji and Toguchi no Hama. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, get outside with Painagama Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Makiyama Observatory.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
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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 26th (Mon): get your bearings at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, kick back and relax at Nagata Inakahama, make a trip to Taikoiwa, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho tour builder site.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Yakushima-cho in 9.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, things will get slightly colder in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 71°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

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

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Escape the urban bustle at Miyajima and Paddle Park. Popular historic sites such as Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome are in your itinerary. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Daishoin Temple). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima journey builder tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, Hiroshima is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kasuga Grand Shrine and Koyasan Danjo Garan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dotombori District and Koyasan Okunoin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Jokiin, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more), Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour itinerary maker.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trips

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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tenryuji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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