30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nikko
— 3 nights
2
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
4
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
5
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
6
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
7
Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
8
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
9
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
10
Teshikaga-cho
— 4 nights

3
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yomeimon (Main Gate) and Oya temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Nikko: River Rafting & Tubing (in Minakami-machi) and Oya History Museum (in Utsunomiya). There's still lots to do: stroll around Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, and take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nikko trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

London, UK to Nikko is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Nikko hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Utsunomiya, River Rafting & Tubing
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:
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Yudaki Falls ©
Yudaki Falls
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)
Italian Embassy House Memorial Park ©
Italian Embassy House Memorial Park

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Norikura Kogen and Matsumoto Castletown Springs. Venture out of the city with trips to Tateyama-machi (Kurobe Dam & Mikurigaike Pond) and Happoone (in Hakuba-mura). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro, explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School.

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Traveling by car from Nikko to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nikko in September since evenings lows in Matsumoto dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Happoone
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
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Mikurigaike Pond
Mikurigaike Pond
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro

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 Kanda house and Gyokusen-immaru Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory & Wada House) and Gokayama (in Nanto). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Maruoka Castle, kick back and relax at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Kanazawa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Maruoka Castle, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:
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Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 12th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, get outside with Hoshisuna Beach, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip planning app.

Fly from Kanazawa to Iriomote-jima in 9 hours. Traveling from Kanazawa in September, expect Iriomote-jima to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:
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Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River and Yurateiku Market. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, take a memorable tour with Tours, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and stroll around Banna Park.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki day trip site.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yabiji and Toguchi no Hama. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima day trip app.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Imugya Marine Garden ©
Imugya Marine Garden

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Manai Falls and Kunimigaoka. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takachiho-cho: Kikuchi Gorge (in Kikuchi), Tsujunkyo Bridge (in Yamato-cho) and Aso (Kusasenrigahama & Daikanbo). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, and make a trip to Shirakawa Springs.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho tour itinerary website.

Fly from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho in 8.5 hours. In September, Takachiho-cho is little chillier than Miyakojima - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Kikuchi Gorge, Shirakawa Springs, Tsujunkyo Bridge, Mt. Aso
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Kikuchi Gorge ©
Kikuchi Gorge

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, thendon't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, and finally make a trip to Taikoiwa. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip builder website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho in 8 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:
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Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Taikoiwa ©
Taikoiwa
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the activities along Shiretoko Misaki, take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, thenexplore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, thenget a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally make a trip to Oshinkosin Observation Deck. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Road to Heaven, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu, thenhead outdoors with Shiretoko Pass, and finally take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Highway.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho sightseeing site.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Shari-cho in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. In September, Shari-cho is slightly colder than Yakushima-cho - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Shiretoko Highway
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu
Shiretoko Pass
Shiretoko Pass

4
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bihorotoge Lookout and Cape Notoro. Venture out of the city with trips to Marchen no Oka (in Ozora-cho), Kaminoko Pond (in Kiyosato-cho) and Abashiri (Kitahama Station & Abashiri Prison Museum). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, don't miss a visit to Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Teshikaga-cho trip builder website.

Drive from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Teshikaga-cho can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. You will leave for home on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Abashiri, Bihoro-cho, Marchen no Oka, Kaminoko Pond, Kaiyodai Observatory
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Bihorotoge Lookout ©
Bihorotoge Lookout
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory ©
Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory
Cape Notoro ©
Cape Notoro

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