31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Bus:  3​h
2
Hakuba-mura
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Train:  8​h 15​min
3
Kutchan-cho
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  8​h
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  6​h
8
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Pola Museum of Art and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Get some historical perspective at Zojo-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, shop like a local with Asakusa, and examine the collection at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo attractions planner.

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Tokyo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 13 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Tokyo are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Pola Museum of Art
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

2
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
On the 7th (Tue), get outside with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, get outside with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, then wander the streets of Hakuba, and finally head outdoors with Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakuba-mura day trip app .

Do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Hakuba-mura is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kutchan-cho.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort, Togakushi Shrine Okusha
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Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

2
nights
Kutchan-cho

Kutchan-cho ©
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place and Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area. Take a break from the city and head to Niseko Hanazono Resort and Shinsennuma. Go for a jaunt from Kutchan-cho to Yoichi-cho to see Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Boot Solutions Niseko.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Hakuba-mura to Kutchan-cho in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of shuttle, train, and flight. While traveling from Hakuba-mura, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kutchan-cho, ranging from highs of -3°C to lows of -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Shinsennuma, Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
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Niseko Hanazono Resort ©
Niseko Hanazono Resort
Shinsennuma ©
Shinsennuma

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yamato Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Itsukushima Shrine. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Itsukushima Gekijyo in Hatsukaichi, about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip builder tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Hiroshima in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Kutchan-cho in January, expect nights in Hiroshima to be somewhat warmer, around 2°C, while days are warmer, around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

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

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in January; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 24°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. Take a break from the city and head to Sunayama Beach and Shimojiiima Island. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima trip maker .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Explore hidden gems such as Nakijin Castle Ruins and Katsuren Castle Ruins. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Cape Manzamo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo), Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman) and Okichan Theater (in Motobu-cho). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and make a trip to Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Onna-son road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in January, Onna-son is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Nakijin Castle Ruins, Katsuren Castle Ruins, Okichan Theater, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Sefa-Utaki
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Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, then take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise), examine the collection at Okageza, then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Ise day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Onna-son to Ise takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. When traveling from Onna-son in January, plan for cooler days in Ise, with highs around 9°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Asahiyaki. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka Castle (in Osaka) and Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and stop by Kyo no Takumi.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online trip maker .

Drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Ise in January, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 1°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Asahiyaki
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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