31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Kamakura
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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 out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Presidente Prudente, Brazil to Tokyo is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 12 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Presidente Prudente in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

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.
Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Motobu-cho (Tropical Dream Center, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more), Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son) and Nakijin-son (Nakijin Castle Ruins & Kouri Ohashi). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangui, make a trip to Kokusaidori, and head outdoors with Blue Sky.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Naha online road trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Naha in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Naha, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Fly from Naha to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Naha in January: highs in Hiroshima hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Osaka

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nishinomiya (Koshikiiwa Shrine & Nishinomiya Shrine), Kiyoshikojin Seichoji (in Takarazuka) and Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, stroll around Nara Park, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder tool.

Drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

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 find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa road trip planning app.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

Kamakura

— 4 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kamakura: Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi), Azumayama Park (in Ninomiya-machi) and Atami (Kinomiya Shrine & Kiunkaku). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, get great views at Hase-dera Temple Scenic Walkway, steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and look for gifts at Samuraikibun Kamakura.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kamakura road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kamakura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kamakura: temperatures range from 4°C by day to 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:

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.