30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
2
Toyooka
— 3 nights
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
4
Ise
— 2 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
6
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
7
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
8
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
9
Miyakojima
— 4 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kanda house and Higashiyama Walking Course. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Takayama (Takayama Showa Museum & Takayama Jinya). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gokayama, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, steep yourself in history at Wada House, and don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa route tool.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Kanazawa is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gokayama
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Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

3
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arayu and Nakashima Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ine no Funaya and The Sand Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago), Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki (in Kami-cho) and Miyazu (Amanohashidate & Amanohashidate View Land). There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Toyooka travel site.

Drive from Kanazawa to Toyooka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in April since evenings lows in Toyooka dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Miyazu, Takeda Castle Ruins, Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, The Sand Museum, Arayu
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Arayu ©
Arayu
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, thenadmire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Soo-ji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from Toyooka to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Toyooka in April since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Shingu
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Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 11th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Toba Aquarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read Ise holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Ise are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Toba Aquarium
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Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yakusugi Land and Oko no Taki Fall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jōmon Sugi and Onsen Resorts. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump and explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ise to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ise in April, you will find days in Yakushima-cho are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Takachiho Shrine and Amano Iwato Shrine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Manai Falls and Kunimigaoka. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura), Daikanbo (in Aso) and Harajiri Falls (in Bungoono). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara and explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Takachiho-cho day trip planning 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 April, expect little chillier with lows of °C in Takachiho-cho. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shirakawa Springs, Daikanbo, Harajiri Falls
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Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Harajiri Falls ©
Harajiri Falls
Kunimigaoka ©
Kunimigaoka

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step out of the city life by going to Pinaisara Falls and Hoshisuna Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ida no Hama Beach and Mizuochi Falls. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Takachiho-cho to Iriomote-jima in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In April, Iriomote-jima is a bit warmer than Takachiho-cho - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Mariudo Fall ©
Mariudo Fall
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center

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 Nosoko Mape and Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River. Island Countryside Settlement and Taketomi Folk Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: get great views at Cape Ongazaki, walk around Banna Park, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki visit planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Taketomi-jima
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

4
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Yabiji. Get outdoors at Ikema-jima Island and Toguchi no Hama. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip builder website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In April in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Yabiji
Yabiji
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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