31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
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Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 day
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas and Koko-en. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planning site.

Vancouver, Canada to Kyoto is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in May; daily highs in Kyoto reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Spas

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World heritage site
Nijo Castle
4.3

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kintaikyo Bridge and Peace Bell. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Flame, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Monument
The Cenotaph
4.6
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Monument
Peace Bell
4.6

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Takachiho Gorge and Amano Yasugawara. Venture out of the city with trips to Taketa (Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, Oka Castle Ruins, &more), Aso (Couples, Mo-mo- Farm Takehara Bokujo, &more) and Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, get impressive views of Mt. Aso, admire the verdant scenery at Kikuchi Gorge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho online route planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. May in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Religious Site
Takachiho Shrine
4.4
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Religious Site
Amano Iwato Shrine
4.4

1
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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach, and finally head off the coast to Barasu Island.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Iriomote-jima in 10.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Takachiho-cho in May, with highs in Iriomote-jima at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
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Waterfall
Pinaisara Falls
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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Kohama-jima to see Ubutaki Lookouts about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki route maker.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Lighthouse
Cape Hirakubozaki
4.5
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Observation Deck
Tamatorizaki Observatory
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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yabiji and Irabu Ohashi. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to East Henna Cape, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Yabiji
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Landmark
East Henna Cape
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Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Kunigami-son (Hiji Waterfall, Daisekirinzan, &more), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market & Manza Dream Hole). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, and go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

Make your Motobu-cho itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Miyakojima to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.8
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Historic Site
Sefa-Utaki
4.2

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, then admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, and then trek along Seibu Trail. On your second day here, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, then make a trip to Wilson Stump, then make a trip to Taikoiwa, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip website.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Motobu-cho in May, Yakushima-cho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Landmark
Wilson Stump
4.5
Waterfall
Oko no Taki Fall
4.7

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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho trip maker site.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Nachikatsura-cho by combination of flight and train takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. May in Nachikatsura-cho sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
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Religious Site
Kumano Nachi Taisha
4.4
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Landmark
Daimonzaka
4.3
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Waterfall
Nachi Mitaki Falls
4.6

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Tenshukakau Observatory, &more), Nanto (Gokayama, Ainokura Gassho Community, &more) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa holiday website.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect little chillier evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in May, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Religious Site
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Edo-Tokyo Museum and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Hase-dera Temple). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, wander the streets of Akihabara, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

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Architectural Building
Tokyo Tower
4.2

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