30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner
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Fly
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
2
Shimoda
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
4
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Motobu-cho
5
Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Tokashiki-son
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
8
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry
9
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ishigaki, Fly to Dubai

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Kyoto — 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Kinkaku-ji will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto driving holiday planning tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kyoto is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. When traveling from Dubai in September, plan for cooler days in Kyoto, with highs around 33°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a train to Shimoda.
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Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
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Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:

Shimoda — 1 night

On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stroll around Ryugu Park, kick back and relax at Yumigahama Beach, kick back and relax at Tatadohama Beach, kick back and relax at Shirahama Beach, then get outside with Sotoura Beach, and finally examine the collection at Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Shimoda day trip planning tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Shimoda by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Shimoda, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.
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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Tokyo — 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kamogawa Sea World and Meiji Jingu Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Futomi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Maebara Beach (in Kamogawa) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). Have a day of magic on the 9th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip maker.

You can drive from Shimoda to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can fly to Shari-cho.
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Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 11:

Shari-cho — 3 nights

Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Kids will enjoy Shiretoko Misaki and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Step off the beaten path and head to Shiretoko Goko Lake and Notsuke Peninsula. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shari-cho: Arakawa Hanga Museum (in Nakashibetsu-cho) and Teshikaga-cho (Mt. Io, Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, &more). There's still lots to do: get outside with Road to Heaven and take in the dramatic scenery at Furepe Waterfall.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Tokyo to Shari-cho by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, Shari-cho is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Motobu-cho.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Scenic Drive
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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

Motobu-cho — 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Minnajima Island and Sun Marina Beach. Family-friendly places like Bisezaki and Scuba & Snorkeling will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market, Blue Cave, &more), Busena Beach (in Nago) and Southeast Botanical Gardens (in Okinawa City). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Emerald Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, and take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Shari-cho to Motobu-cho takes 9 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shari-cho in September: high temperatures in Motobu-cho hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tokashiki-son.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

Tokashiki-son — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): head off the coast to Zamamijima Island, head outdoors with Furuzamami Beach, head outdoors with Kushibaru Beach, step off the mainland to explore Tokashiki-jima Island, then get outside with Aharen Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Tokashiku Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Ama Beach, kick back and relax at Aka Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nishibama Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokashiki-son day trip planner.

You can drive from Motobu-cho to Tokashiki-son in 3.5 hours. September in Tokashiki-son sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Miyakojima — 4 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, and step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tokashiki-son to Miyakojima. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

Ishigaki — 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonehara Beach and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Attractions like Kondoi Beach and Sukuji Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, stroll around Banna Park, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and get outside with Sunset Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online route planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:

Iriomote-jima — 3 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 28th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island. On the next day, head off the coast to Barasu Island, get outside with Ida no Hama Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Amitori Asaba.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima road trip app.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

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.
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