31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
3
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
4
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
5
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
6
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
9
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
10
Kyoto
— 4 nights
11
Kanazawa
— 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chidorigafuchi and Rikugien Garden. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's lots more to do: see the top attractions with Tokyo Walking Tours, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, relax and rejuvenate at NATURE Daikanyama, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online travel route planner.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from New York City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 58°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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NATURE Daikanyama ©
NATURE Daikanyama
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Irabu Ohashi and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to East Henna Cape, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in March; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 72°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach. The adventure continues: get outside with Kondoi Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, stroll around Kabira Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki holiday builder website.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in March, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
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Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Ongazaki ©
Cape Ongazaki

2
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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then head outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in March, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

2
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Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, then walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Motobu-cho in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in March, Motobu-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of 57°F. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nakijin Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:
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Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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.
On the 18th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Miyanouradake, admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, and then get outside with Seibu Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, make a trip to Wilson Stump, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Jōmon Sugi.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Motobu-cho in March; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 63°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

2
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 20th (Sat): go for a walk through Kintaikyo Bridge, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Bell.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip planning site.

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 March, expect Hiroshima to be a bit cooler, temps between 57°F and 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Kintaikyo Bridge
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en Garden
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take a stroll through Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then hit the best photo ops around with Photoguider-Japan.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planning site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): make a trip to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Nachikatsura-cho fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Kodai-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip tool.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in March, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 Kanda house and Gokayama. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Tenshukakau Observatory, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa day trip website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in March, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are slightly colder, around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gokayama
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 31:
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Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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