31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
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Sapporo — 3 nights

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Get out of town with these interesting Sapporo side-trips: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Noboribetsu (Oyunumagawa Natural Footbath, Jigokudani, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Odori Park, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, and ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sapporo driving holiday planner.

Manchester, UK to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Manchester in July since evenings lows in Sapporo dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Jul 1 — 5:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Sapporo to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kamakura.
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Find places to stay Jul 5 — 10:

Kamakura — 3 nights

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kamakura is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, and stroll around Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kamakura sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Kanazawa — 2 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Yachiya Sake Brewery, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, enjoy breathtaking views from Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Kamakura to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kamakura in July, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Kyoto — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.
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Find places to stay Jul 15 — 21:

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 22nd (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, and then hike along Mt Shosha hiking.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kyoto in July, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:

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 23rd (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.
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Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

Motobu-cho — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see the vivid underwater world at USS Emmons, take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally kick back and relax at Emerald Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic scenery at Fukugawa Falls, then take in panoramic vistas at Ishiyama Viewing Platform, then get outside with Okuma Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Kouri Ohashi.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Motobu-cho online visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hiroshima to Motobu-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 July, daytime highs in Motobu-cho are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Ishigaki — 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki travel route planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Find places to stay Jul 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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