30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
8
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
9
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
10
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
11
Ishigaki
— 3 nights

3
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 Chidorigafuchi and Tokyo National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to Tokyo is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in April, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto visit planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, thenexplore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, and finally explore the striking landscape at Umikongo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho online road trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Nachikatsura-cho is a bit warmer at night with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Kushimoto-cho
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Izanagi Shrine and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. Venture out of the city with trips to Awaji (Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park & Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and shop like a local with Dotombori District.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip builder.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Osaka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Awaji, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Izanagi Shrine ©
Izanagi Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shukkei-en Garden and Senjokaku. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Itsukushima Shrine Torii). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en Garden
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls. On your second day here, go for a walk through Takachihokyo Passage, thendon't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka.

To plan Takachiho-cho vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakawa Springs
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Shirakawa Springs ©
Shirakawa Springs
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, thenmake a trip to Wilson Stump, and finally make a trip to Taikoiwa. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Yakusugi Land.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of car and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Yakushima-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Trails
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

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Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
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.
On the 20th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, meet the residents at Okichan Theater, thenwalk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, thensteep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, and finally kick back and relax at Kouri Beach. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, thendon't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center.

For ratings and other tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip app.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Motobu-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In April in Motobu-cho, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nakijin-son
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Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Irabu Ohashi and Ikema-jima Island. There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to East Henna Cape, head off the coast to Kouri Island, and kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima by flight takes about 6 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi
Kayaking & Canoeing

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, thenhead off the coast to Iriomote Island, thenkick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip builder site.

Ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Cape Ongazaki. The adventure continues: get outside with Kondoi Beach, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki road trip planning site.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. April in Ishigaki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Taketomi Submarine Hot Spring
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Cape Ongazaki ©
Cape Ongazaki

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