31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Matsumoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Toyooka
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h
8
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Manchester

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.
Tokyo National Museum and Kōtoku-in will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Zojo-ji Temple. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Hakone-machi to see The Hakone Open-Air Museum about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, get to know the fascinating history of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary site .

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kōtoku-in
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©

5
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Chihiro Art Museum Azumino and Matsumoto City Art Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Togakushi Shrine Okusha and Naraijuku. Venture out of the city with trips to Onsen Resorts (in Kusatsu-machi), Takayama (Higashiyama Walking Course, Takayama Jinya, &more) and Hokusai-kan (in Obuse-machi). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suwa Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, hit the slopes at Kurumayama Highland, and identify plant and animal life at Kirigamine Marshland.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Matsumoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get little chillier in Matsumoto: highs are around 21°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Suwa, Naraijuku, Togakushi Shrine Okusha, Onsen Resorts
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:
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Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Naraijuku ©
Naraijuku

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.
You'll explore and learn at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Visit Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Suganuma Gassho Community for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (in Shirakawa-mura) and Gokayama (in Nanto). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House and admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa travel route app .

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

2
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Takeda Castle Ruins, then examine the collection at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan, then get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): meet the residents at Kinosaki Marine World, get outside with Kazuranohama Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Onitakeinari Shrine.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Toyooka visit planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Toyooka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Takeda Castle Ruins, Onitakeinari Shrine, Kazuranohama Beach
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
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Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Thermal Spas

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Koyasan Okunoin. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle), Ise (Oharai-machi & Ise Shrine Geku) and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara). It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Toyooka to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. While traveling from Toyooka, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ise, Koya-cho, Himeji, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Yamato Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Go for a jaunt from Hiroshima to Hatsukaichi to see Itsukushima Shrine about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
We've included these beaches for you: Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima road trip website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Miyakojima: highs are around 33°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, then take in the exciting artwork at Nei Museum of Art, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and then go for a walk through Cape Ongazaki.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki day trip website .

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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