31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
7
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  6​h
8
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 5th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. In October, Tokyo is a bit cooler than Singapore - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Suwanomori Nature Park (in Fujiyoshida) and Hokuto (Shojigataki Falls & Kawamata Higashi Canyon Shizen Kansatsuen). Pack the 9th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Fuji-Q Highland. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fuji and go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip planner .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hokuto, Fujiyoshida, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Takayama (Hida Takayama Museum of Art, Sanmachi Suji, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gongenmori Beach, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa tour app .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and then stroll around Kunimi no Mori Park.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Takamikura, Kunimi no Mori Park, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagasaki: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Amakusa) and Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sofukuji Temple, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki driving holiday site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch

4
nights
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, historic sites, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll around Kabira Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nagasaki to Ishigaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Nagasaki in October, expect Ishigaki to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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