30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 4 nights
Train to New Chitose, Fly to Komatsu
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly

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Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get in touch with nature at Niseko Moiwa Ski Resort and Shimamu Beach. Get some historical perspective at Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya and Tomioka Catholic Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kutchan-cho: Otaru (Otamoi Beach, Shioya Beach, &more) and Shakotan-cho (Cape Kamui Lighthouse, Cape Shakotan, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with White Isle Niseko, stop by Boot Solutions Niseko, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and identify plant and animal life at Kagaminuma.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kutchan-cho travel planning tool.

Manchester, UK to Kutchan-cho is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Manchester in March; daily highs in Kutchan-cho reach 1°C and lows reach -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get a sense of the local culture at Inami Betsuin Zuisen-ji Temple and Hakusan Shrine (Heisenji-Hakusan Shrine). Visit Yatsuo no Machinami and Shirayama Hime Shrine for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Tedori Gorge (in Hakusan) and Ogimachi (in Shirakawa-mura). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kanazawa Noh Museum, examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, stop by Amanatto Kawamura, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple.

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Do a combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Kanazawa in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kutchan-cho in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 4:

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Wakakusa and Rokuen. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Ishibe Alley. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Kashihara Jingu (in Kashihara), Yamanobe Street (in Tenri) and Sakurai (Omiwa Shrine, Sai Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, wander the streets of Shinbashi Dori, and steep yourself in history at Yasakanoto.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 9:

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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.
Yakushima Lighthouse (Nagata Lighthouse) and Kusukawa Tenmangu Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yoggo Valley and Yakushima Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Anbo River.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 12:

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wasurenaishi and Residence of Niimori. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ida no Hama Beach and Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Funauki Village, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get outside with Todomari Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Amitori Asaba.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Yakushima-cho to Iriomote-jima takes 11.5 hours. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, expect Iriomote-jima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hairumubushi Beach and Island Countryside Settlement. Get outdoors at Nishinohama and Nosoko Mape. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kuro-shima (Monument of Yaeyama Buto Kinoryu, Nakamoto Beach, &more) and Kohama-jima (Kubazaki Beach, West Ufudaki Lookout, &more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, see the sky in a new way at Ishigakijima Observatory, take a stroll through Misaki Town, and take a memorable drive along Nagurao Bridge.

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Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Kayaking & Canoeing and Nagamahama Beach Coast. Get some historical perspective at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyako Shrine. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tomori Imugya Beach, enjoy the sea views from Ikemashima Lighthouse, steep yourself in history at Sabautsuga, and examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online vacation planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 24th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 24:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.