31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Ishigaki, Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Izumo
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
8
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
9
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly
10
Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Miyakojima — 4 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shimojishima Island and Irabu Ohashi. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and head outdoors with Sawada no hama Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima day trip tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Miyakojima is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, you will find days in Miyakojima are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can fly to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Island Countryside Settlement. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and head outdoors with Yonehara Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.
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Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:

Iriomote-jima — 2 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 10th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima online journey builder.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Takachiho-cho.
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Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

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 12th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, and then take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine and then take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Takachiho-cho by combination of ferry, flight, and bus takes about 9 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in December, things will get colder in Takachiho-cho: highs are around 12°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.
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Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho day trip app.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of car, train, and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, Yakushima-cho is a bit warmer than Takachiho-cho - with highs of 18°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Izumo.
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Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Izumo — 3 nights

Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse and Shinji Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Izumo side-trips: Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi) and Matsue (Matsue Castle, Yaegaki Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, and enjoy the sand and surf at Inasa Beach.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Izumo trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Izumo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In December, Izumo is slightly colder than Yakushima-cho - with highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then take in the pleasant sights at Kintaikyo Bridge, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can drive from Izumo to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Himeji — 1 night

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 21st (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Kyoto — 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Genkoan. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and visit Gion.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:

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 discover tucked-away gems like Rikugien Garden and Tokyo National Museum. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Akihabara, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip app.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:

Japan travel guide

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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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