31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Prague
Fly:  19 h
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
2
Naha
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Prague

3
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, walk around Banna Park, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki road trip app.

Prague, Czech Republic to Ishigaki is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Prague in March; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 26°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

3
nights
Naha

Naha ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, &more), Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clara Church, steep yourself in history at Sefa-Utaki, and appreciate the history behind Heiwa no Ishiji.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Naha trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Naha takes 3 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Itoman, Nanjo, St. Clara Church, Kouri Ohashi
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Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

3
nights
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Go for a jaunt from Nagasaki to Sasebo to see Huis Ten Bosch about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, step off the mainland to explore Hashima Island, appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing, and stop by Tatematsuru.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Naha to Nagasaki by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Naha in March, with highs in Nagasaki at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Huis Ten Bosch
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Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and head outdoors with Paddle Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, then steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Kunimi no Mori Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jodoji Temple, and finally snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji road trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Himeji sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Takasago, Kunimi no Mori Park, Jodoji Temple, Mt. Takamikura, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, &more), Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Kita). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Ise Grand Shrine, &more), Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya journey builder website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Nagoya, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ise, Chubu Park, Nabana no Sato
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Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 25th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On your second day here, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute, and finally stroll around Ishikawa Jumoku Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nagoya in March since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute, Ishikawa Jumoku Park
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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