31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca
Fly:  25​h
1
Naha
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Cluj-Napoca

2
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, look for gifts at Fukurasha, then make a trip to Kokusaidori, then get your game on at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin, and finally don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Naha travel planner.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Naha is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. In January, Naha is much warmer than Cluj-Napoca - with highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nanjo, Toma
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:
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Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, beaches, adventure, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip maker website .

You can fly from Naha to Ishigaki in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in February, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Adventure
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Ishigaki to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in February, expect Hiroshima to be much colder, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kobe (Ishoan, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, & more) and Chinatown (Nankinmachi) (in Chuo). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, trek along Mt Shosha hiking, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Himeji itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Kobe, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

5
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, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online day trip planner .

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Kyoto are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 16:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in February, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

4
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
When in Sapporo, make a side trip to see Otaru Canal in Otaru, approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Odori Park, take some stellar pictures from Sapporo TV Tower, head outdoors with Mt. Tomuraushi, and steep yourself in history at Clock Tower (Tokei-dai).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sapporo trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Kanazawa to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In February, Sapporo is slightly colder than Kanazawa - with highs of -1°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Otaru Canal
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Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

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.
Have a day of magic on the 27th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sapporo in February, expect nights in Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, around 2°C, while days are warmer, around 12°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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