31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Nakafurano-cho
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Nakafurano-cho
— 4 nights
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Drive to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Unicorn Gundam Statue and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Canyons Okutama (in Okutama-machi), Hossawa Falls (in Hinohara-mura) and Tree Cross Adventure Atsugi Nanasawa (in Atsugi). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin, visit Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus, and contemplate the long history of Hozomon.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tokyo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 6 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in August, expect nights in Tokyo to be a bit cooler, around 28°C, while days are much colder, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nakafurano-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Nakafurano-cho

— 4 nights
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Saika no sato and Biei Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nakafurano-cho: TAC Tokachi Adventure Club (in Shintoku-cho), Chiyoda Hill Lookout (in Biei-cho) and Asahidake Natural Hiking Route (in Higashikawa-cho). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Panorama Road, examine the collection at Hokkaido Landscape Museum, admire the natural beauty at Lake Kanayama Lavender Garden, and experience rural life at Nanaka no Hanabatake.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nakafurano-cho online trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tokyo to Nakafurano-cho. In August, Nakafurano-cho is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Hakusan and Kanazawa Port Ono Karakuri Museum. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Hakusan (Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road, Ubagataki Falls, &more), Tenshukakau Observatory (in Shirakawa-mura) and Ishikawa Zoo (in Nomi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple, see the interesting displays at Nishi Chaya Shiryokan Museum, stop by Sakuda Honten, and admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Yuwaku Yumeji-kan Museum.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Nakafurano-cho to Kanazawa with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nakafurano-cho in August, with highs in Kanazawa at 35°C and lows at 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Tours · Nature · Classes

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Street Kart Kyoto and Friendship Adventures. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Lake Biwa Museum (in Kusatsu), Samegaijyuku (in Maibara) and Genkyuen Garden (in Hikone). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Daimonji, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Keage Incline, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chionji Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Kanazawa in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Osaka

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Koyasan Reihokan Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Amore Beach (in Akashi), Itami Sky Park (in Itami) and Awaji (Awajishima Park & Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum). And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, get curious at Osaka Science Museum, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima, see the sky in a new way at Hiroshima Children's Museum, then see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Gates of Peace. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Paddle Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Misen Obsevatory, delve into the lush surroundings at Misen Wild Woods, then engage your brain at Hiroshima City Ebiyama Museum Of Meteorology, and finally see the interesting displays at Honkawa Peace Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima visit planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Naha

— 4 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Taste of Okinawa Cooking Experience and Bisezaki. Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Nago citizen Beach (in Nago), Zamami-son (Aka Beach & Nishibama Beach) and Tokashiku Beach (in Tokashiki-son). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Kerama Islands, stop by Umichurara, identify plant and animal life at Shurikinjocho Oakagi Tree, and kick back and relax at Akabaka Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Naha day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Naha takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Naha can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble and Island Countryside Settlement. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach, West Ufudaki Lookout, &more). There's much more to do: Head underground at Ibaruma Sabichi Cave, stop by Misaki Town, get outside with Nagurao Bridge, and take a pleasant ride with Horse Riding Spot Naminma.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki day trip planning site.

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. August in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.