31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Ise
— 2 nights
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
7
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
8
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
9
Motobu-cho
— 1 night
10
Nanjo
— 1 night
11
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
12
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
13
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
14
Tokyo
— 4 nights

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kanda house and Gokayama. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Tenshukakau Observatory, &more) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To see maps and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner.

New York City, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight, tram, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. March in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gokayama, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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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 Horando, Togetsukyo Honten. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Gion.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, then tour in style with Premium Express Shimakaze, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, explore the activities along Isuzugawa, step off the mainland to explore Mikimoto Pearl Island, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Ise online vacation planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for little chillier days in Ise, with highs around 52°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toba, Shima
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Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Futami Okitama Shrine ©
Futami Okitama Shrine

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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 10th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho road trip website.

Traveling by car from Ise to Nachikatsura-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Ise in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nachikatsura-cho, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 10:
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, visit Dotombori District, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and finally squeeze the most out of the city with Photoguider-Japan. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka holiday maker site.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Osaka, with lows of 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shukkei-en Garden and Senjokaku. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

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

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 15:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en Garden
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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 16th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho online route planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 16:
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, and finally see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): trek along Seibu Trail and then admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho vacation maker site.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Takachiho-cho in March since evenings lows in Yakushima-cho dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

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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.
On the 19th (Fri), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, then stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and finally steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Motobu-cho tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Motobu-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. While traveling from Yakushima-cho, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Motobu-cho, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nanjo.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nakijin Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 19:
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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

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Nanjo

Nanjo ©
With a long Pacific coastline, Nanjo offers fantastic views of the ocean from high cliffs covered with lush greenery, as well as from its long sandy beaches.
On the 20th (Sat), zoom along the surf with Chinen Marine Leisure Center, steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, stroll around Cape Chinen Park, contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, then get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and finally appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nanjo trip website.

You can drive from Motobu-cho to Nanjo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in March, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nanjo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Itoman
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:
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Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki
Cape Chinen Park ©
Cape Chinen Park
Valley of Gangala ©
Valley of Gangala

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 21st (Sun), don't miss a visit to Soedo Sagaribana, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. On the next day, go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, then kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Imugya Marine Garden.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Nanjo to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Kayaking & Canoeing

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Amitori Asaba, get outside with Ida no Hama Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, then step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, and finally skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally stroll through Nakama-river Protected Region.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 5 hours. March in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kabira Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, walk around Banna Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. March in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Ongazaki ©
Cape Ongazaki

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chidorigafuchi and Tokyo Walking Tours. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get interesting insight from Kimono Kawaii Company Shibuya, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip app.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in March, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit cooler (58°F), and nights are colder (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
NATURE Daikanyama ©
NATURE Daikanyama
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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