31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
4
Onna-son
— 4 nights
5
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
6
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
7
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
8
Kutchan-cho
— 2 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pola Museum of Art and Kichijoji. Step out of the city life by going to Hakone Stone‐paved Road and Meguro River. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Thermal Spas (in Gotemba) and Tokyo Horse Racetrack (in Fuchu). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Ueno District, make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, take in the views from Nihonbashi Bridge, and visit Kagurazaka.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo visit planner.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in May: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Kichijoji, Thermal Spas, Tokyo Horse Racetrack
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Ueno District ©
Ueno District
Yanaka District ©
Yanaka District

4
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.
Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimonofor plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki). Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Suntory Yamazaki Distillery (in Shimamoto-cho) and Nara (Nara Park & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Pontocho District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), and admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Spas
Gion
Gion

2
nights
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 20th (Wed), go for a walk through Gejibe no Sato, take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, thenlook for gifts at Pontankan, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Fly from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Onsen Resorts
Tachudake ©
Tachudake

4
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Onna Station Nakayukui Market. Get outdoors at Sun Marina Beach and Manza Dream Hole. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Manza Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Onna Seaside Cizil Park Nabii Beach, laugh and play at Manza Ocean Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Onna-son trip planner.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yakushima-cho in May since evenings lows in Onna-son dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach
Onna Station Nakayukui Market ©
Onna Station Nakayukui Market

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunayama Beach and Tomori Imugya Beach. Get outdoors at Yabiji and Nagamahama Beach Coast. There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, look for gifts at Island Market, get outside with Nakanoshima Beach, and kick back and relax at Painagama Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planning tool.

Fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Kondoi Beach and Nosoko Mape. Venture out of the city with trips to Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach & Kubazaki Beach) and Kuro-shima (Nishinohama & Nakamoto Beach). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, head outdoors with Akashi Beach, cruise along Nagurao Bridge, and Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki journey builder website.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Ishigaki are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Kuro-shima, Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step out of the city life by going to Iriomote Island and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center and Kanpiree Waterfall. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahama Port, take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls, and head outdoors with Todomari Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima online trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then hit the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Boot Solutions Niseko, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Kagaminuma, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kutchan-cho trip planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Kutchan-cho by flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in June, things will get cooler in Kutchan-cho: highs are around °F and lows about °F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Spas
Boot Solutions Niseko ©
Boot Solutions Niseko

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