30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
3
Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
4
Biei-cho
— 2 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
8
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
9
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
10
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
11
Ishigaki
— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Tokyo is 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Tokyo at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Childrens Museums
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

3
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Rausu and Shiretoko National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Misaki, take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and get outside with Road to Heaven.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Shari-cho online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Shari-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, things will get a bit cooler in Shari-cho: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hokkaido
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki

1
night
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io, explore the activities along Lake Kussharo, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, and finally explore the activities along Lake Mashu.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Teshikaga-cho route app.

Traveling by car from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Io
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Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory ©
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu

2
nights
Biei-cho

Biei-cho ©
Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita Lavender East, thentake in panoramic vistas at Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Daisetsuzan. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Patchwork no Michi, thenstroll around Shinei no Oka Tenbo Koen, thengo for a walk through Shikisai no Oka, and finally experience rural life at Kanno Firm.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Biei-cho day trip planning site.

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Biei-cho in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In September in Biei-cho, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kamifurano-cho, Daisetsuzan
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Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka
Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower ©
Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower
Patchwork no Michi ©
Patchwork no Michi

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tenshukakau Observatory and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Wada House) and Gokayama (in Nanto). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Maruoka Castle, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight, tram, and train from Biei-cho to Kanazawa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Traveling from Biei-cho in September, expect Kanazawa to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Aratama Valley, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Tenshukakau Observatory ©
Tenshukakau Observatory
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

3
nights
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: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Gion.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

2
nights
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 (Sat): make a trip to Taikoiwa, thenmake a trip to Wilson Stump, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land

2
nights
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 20th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Takachiho-cho driving holiday site.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho by combination of ferry and car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of °C in Takachiho-cho. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Shirakawa Springs
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

3
nights
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 Aragusuku Beach and Irabu-jima Island. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, and enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Miyakojima, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and then get outside with Ida no Hama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

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

You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 5 hours. In September in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can 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

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and stroll around Banna Park.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. September in Ishigaki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling

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