31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kutchan-cho
— 1 night
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
6
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
7
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
8
Nakijin-son
— 3 nights

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo vacation maker app.

Newark, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Newark to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in January, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and then don't miss a visit to Indian Water Wheel Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Mishima's Shibazakura Garden, thenfly down the slopes at Niseko Hanazono Resort, and then walk around Ukimido Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kutchan-cho, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kutchan-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you will find days in Kutchan-cho are colder (°F), and nights are slightly colder (°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ukimido Park, Indian Water Wheel Park
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Niseko Mountain Resort  Grand Hirafu Ski Place ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Ukimido Park ©
Ukimido Park

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kintaikyo Bridge and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Venture out of the city with trips to Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning site.

Fly from Kutchan-cho to Hiroshima in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Kutchan-cho in January: highs in Hiroshima hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kintaikyo Bridge
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Toji and Tofuku-ji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan in Osaka--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Toji ©
Toji

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Iriomote Island. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi, make a trip to Heritiera Littoralis Tree of Nakama River, and take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Iriomote-jima in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Kyoto in January, expect Iriomote-jima to be much hotter, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tamatorizaki Observatory and Kabira Park. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, walk around Banna Park, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ishigaki are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

5
nights
Miyakojima

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 Ikema Ohashi Bridge and Shimojiiima Island. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Kouri Island, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, and don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima day trip app.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge
Kouri Island ©
Kouri Island

3
nights
Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and then steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins. On the next day, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nakijin-son trip planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Nakijin-son in 6 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in January, plan for little chillier nights in Nakijin-son, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Motobu-cho
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Okichan Theater ©
Okichan Theater
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park

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