30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly + Train:  23 h 45 min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
3
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+4
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  15 h
4
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
5
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
6
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h 30 min
7
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mimurotoji Temple and Myoshinji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Shoden-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple (in Uji), Kyorimbo Temple (in Omihachiman) and Anyo Temple / Tachikikannon (in Otsu). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) and admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto route tool .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Kyoto is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car, flight, and train. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from San Juan to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Uji, Otsu, Kongorin-ji Temple, Saimyo-ji Temple, Kyorimbo Temple
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Mimurotoji Temple ©
Mimurotoji Temple
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum, examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, then admire the natural beauty at Sakuya Konohanakan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuguji Temple. On your second day here, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, and then examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. July in Osaka sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum, National Museum of Ethnology, Chuguji Temple
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Sakuya Konohanakan ©
Sakuya Konohanakan
Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum
Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum
Yoshikien ©
Yoshikien

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.
Visit Kusukawa Tenmangu Shrine and Yaku Shrine for their historical value. Get outdoors at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Isso Beach. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tashiro Beach.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho day trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Osaka to Yakushima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and taxi. In July in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wasurenaishi and Residence of Niimori. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Funauki Village. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahama Port, take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall, don't miss a visit to Ruins of Amitory Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakano Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Iriomote-jima trip simple and quick.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yakushima-cho to Iriomote-jima. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Iriomote-jima, with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Nakano Beach ©
Nakano Beach

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Island Countryside Settlement and Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nakamoto Beach and Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Kohama-jima (Kubazaki Beach & Hairumubushi Beach). There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape and see the sky in a new way at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan-Vera Ishigaki Island Observatory Station.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki travel route builder site .

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki by ferry takes about an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kohama-jima, Island Countryside Settlement, Nakamoto Beach
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
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Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi ©
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get some historical perspective at Miyako Shrine and Harimizu Utaki. Museum-lovers will appreciate Yukishio Museum and Miyakojima City Museum. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, examine the collection at Sabaoki Park Observatory Facility, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagamahama Beach Coast.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima travel route planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Yukishio Museum ©
Yukishio Museum

4
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ganshoin Temple and Fukashi Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nihyaku Jizo and Sanada House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Matsushiro Literary and Military School (in Nagano), Prince & Skyline Museum (in Okaya) and Obuse Winery (in Obuse-machi). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hodaka Shrine Okumiya, contemplate the long history of Giminzuka, take in the dramatic scenery at Bandokoro Otaki Falls, and examine the collection at Old High School Memorial Museum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Miyakojima to Matsumoto by combination of flight and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Matsumoto when traveling from Miyakojima in August, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Nagano, Obuse-machi, Nihyaku Jizo, Prince & Skyline Museum
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Hodaka Shrine Okumiya ©
Hodaka Shrine Okumiya
Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Matsushiro Literary and Military School ©

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori and Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center. You'll explore and learn at Fire Museum and 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Kawagoe to see Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Hozomon, examine the collection at Kimchi Museum, take an in-depth tour of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday builder website .

Traveling by train from Matsumoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine
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Idemitsu Museum of Arts ©
Idemitsu Museum of Arts
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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