31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
6
Onna-son
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h
8
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
9
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Queenstown

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Pola Museum of Art and Minato Mirai 21. Tokyo National Museum and Wa Space will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and take a stroll through Ginza.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planning app .

Queenstown, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Queenstown to Tokyo, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Pola Museum of Art, Minato Mirai 21
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Wada House. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more) and Ainokura Gassho Community (in Nanto). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, view the masterpieces at ArtShop Tsukibae, and admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa travel route app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ainokura Gassho Community, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Highlights from your plan
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Venture out of the city with trips to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, and gear up at Fuuka-Kimono.

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Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kanazawa in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Daishoin Temple and JMSDF Kure Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Itsukushima Shrine) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nagata Inakahama and The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center. Get in touch with nature at Oko no Taki Fall and Yakusugi Land. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho road trip planner .

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Okuma Beach and Nirai Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Daisekirinzan. Venture out of the city with trips to Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, explore the historical opulence of Zakimi Castle Ruins, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Onna-son trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yomitan-son, Kunigami-son, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Sefa-Utaki
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Toguchi no Hama and Sunayama Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yabiji and Aragusuku Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 27th (Thu), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima day trip planning website .

Ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

2
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.
On the 29th (Sat), stop by Yurateiku Market, kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

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Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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