31 days in Japan & Hawaii Itinerary

31 days in Japan & Hawaii Itinerary

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Kyoto, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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Honolulu, United States
— 4 nights
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Kapaa, United States
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Kailua-Kona, United States
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Hilo, United States
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Lahaina, United States
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Kyoto, Japan — 5 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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, indulge your taste buds at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto route maker app.

London, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in September; daily highs in Kyoto reach 33°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Wineries
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Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:

Tokyo, Japan — 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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Honolulu.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 25:

Honolulu, United States — 4 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, stroll through Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Honolulu online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Honolulu takes 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Honolulu is minus 19 hours. In September, Honolulu is somewhat warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Kapaa.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:

Kapaa, United States — 4 nights

Noted for its low-key beaches, Kapaa is a small town with a high concentration of tourist-oriented hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants.
Explore Kapaa's surroundings by going to Waimea (Waimea Canyon State Park & Koke'e Mountains), Hanalei (Hanalei Beach & Hanalei Valley Lookout) and Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, surround yourself with nature on Kauai Safaris, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and walk around Poipu Beach Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kapaa online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kapaa takes 2.5 hours. In September in Kapaa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Kailua-Kona.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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Kailua-Kona, United States — 3 nights

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Honaunau (Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park & The 1871 Trail), Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). There's lots more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, tee off at Mauna Lani Resort , take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kona Cloud Forest.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona vacation app.

Fly from Kapaa to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hilo.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
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Hilo, United States — 4 nights

One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Volcano Art Center Gallery, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, observe the fascinating underwater world at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hilo online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Hilo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Lahaina.
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Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Lahaina, United States — 4 nights

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Wailea Beach (in Wailea) and Iao Valley (in Wailuku). Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maui Ocean Center, and stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Hilo to Lahaina in 2.5 hours. October in Lahaina sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive
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Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:

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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Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.
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