31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
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Zamami-son
— 1 night
Drive
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Onna-son
— 5 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
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Izumo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Shakotan-cho
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Manchester Airport

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Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Aragusuku Beach and Yabiji. Do some cultural sightseeing at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Yukishio Museum. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima online trip maker.

Manchester, UK to Miyakojima is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in October; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 33°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Get in touch with nature at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Beach Nunushu. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, walk around Banna Park, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. We've included these beaches for you: Hoshisuna Beach and Ida no Hama Beach. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Barasu Island, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Todomari Beach, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Zamami-son

— 1 night
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): kick back and relax at Ama Beach, head off the coast to Zamami Island, then kick back and relax at Furuzamami Beach, then get outside with Nishibama Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Aka Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Zamami-son road trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Iriomote-jima to Zamami-son. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Onna-son

— 5 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Get some historical perspective at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Kouri Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kunigami-son (Cape Hedo, Daisekirinzan, &more), Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son) and Motobu-cho (Emerald Beach, Okichan Theater, &more). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Manza Beach, stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, Head underground at Blue Cave, and contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Onna-son travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zamami-son to Onna-son in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Onna-son are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Seibu Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Yakusugi Land and Oko no Taki Fall. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Nagata Inakahama, make a trip to Taikoiwa, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and delve into the lush surroundings at Shakunagenomori Park.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Onna-son in October: highs in Yakushima-cho hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Takachiho-cho

— 2 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, then don't miss a visit to Sangasho Shrine, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Yakushima-cho in October since evenings lows in Takachiho-cho dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Izumo.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Izumo

— 3 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse and Former Taisha Station. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Susa Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Izumo: Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi) and Matsue (Kamosu Shrine, Yaegaki Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hinomisaki Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, and kick back and relax at Inasa Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Izumo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Izumo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, expect nights in Izumo to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Shari-cho

— 3 nights
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Visiting Lake Mashu and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Kita no Alp Art Museum and Old Sulfur Mining Site. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shari-cho: Teshikaga-cho (Mt. Io & Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Shiretoko Misaki, cruise along Shiretoko Pass, enjoy breathtaking views from Yuhidai, and head outdoors with Road to Heaven.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Shari-cho trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Izumo to Shari-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Izumo in October: high temperatures in Shari-cho hover around 16°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Shakotan-cho

— 2 nights
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Ogon Misaki, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shimamu Beach, then don't miss a visit to Cape Kamui, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Kamui Lighthouse.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Shakotan-cho trip itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shari-cho to Shakotan-cho. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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.