31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip builder

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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
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Ferry to Ishigaki, Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kyoto

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nanzen-ji Temple and Toji. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kinkaku-ji and Ninna-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, stop by Ninja Dojo and Store, and wander the streets of Pontocho District.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip maker.

San Francisco, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 8:

Yakushima-cho

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then make a trip to Wilson Stump. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Yakusugi Land.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip builder app.

Fly from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Yakushima-cho dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Onna-son

— 3 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Cave. Visit Emerald Beach and Manza Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Motobu-cho (Okichan Theater & Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle.

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You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in April, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visit Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Shimojishima Island. There's lots more to do: stroll through Nakanoshima Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip site.

Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in April, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Spend 17th (Sun) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's still lots to do: walk around Banna Park and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in April, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visit Ida no Hama Beach and Hoshisuna Beach for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima holiday planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Iriomote-jima to Takachiho-cho takes 9 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Iriomote-jima in April, with highs in Takachiho-cho at 68°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
On the 25th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima sightseeing website.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima by combination of taxi and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and The National Art Center, Tokyo. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Ueno District, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, visit Odaiba District, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 2:

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.