31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Yokohama
— Few hours
train + subway:  1​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h
4
Nikko
— 1 day
train:  2​h
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Fujiyoshida
— 2 nights
bus + train:  4​h 30​min
7
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
8
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
9
Kagoshima
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
10
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  5​h 45​min
11
Miyazaki
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 15​min
12
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
13
Nara
— 1 day
train:  45​min
14
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
15
Izumisano
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  17​h
End: Portland

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 off the beaten path and head to Shirasato Central Beach and The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures. Do your shopping at Ginza and Ikspiari. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Mt. Takao in Hachioji, approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online vacation maker .

Portland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Portland to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 74°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shirasato Central Beach, Ikspiari, Mt. Takao
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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hours
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take a stroll through Minato Mirai 21 and then examine the collection at Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama.

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Yokohama is just a short distance from Tokyo. In July, daytime highs in Yokohama are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama ©
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel route builder tool .

Tokyo is very close to Yokohama. On the 30th (Tue), you're off toNikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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day
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
You've added Kegon Falls, Lake Chuzenji, Nikko Tosho-gu, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 30th (Tue), snap pictures at Shinkyo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and finally cruise along Lake Chuzenji Skyline.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Shinkyo Bridge ©
Shinkyo Bridge

1
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Tokyo

Tokyo
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then take a stroll through Ueno, then meet the residents at Ueno Zoo, and finally steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Sumidagawa River Terrace, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwatake Ishiyama, then take a stroll through Harajuku Takeshita-dori, and finally wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. While traveling from Nikko, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Fuji-Q Highland, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, Ide Sake Brewery, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland, then sample the tasty concoctions at Ide Sake Brewery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Fuji Five Lakes.

Make your Fujiyoshida itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Tokyo to Fujiyoshida in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Fujiyoshida, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ide Sake Brewery, Fuji Five Lakes
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
Ide Sake Brewery ©
Ide Sake Brewery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura, and then kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Wada House, get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and then wander the streets of Gokayama.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa route planner.

Traveling by car from Fujiyoshida to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. When traveling from Fujiyoshida in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Kanazawa, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Kakusenkei Gorge, Gongenmori Beach, Gokayama
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Kakusenkei Gorge ©
Kakusenkei Gorge
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Visit Itsukushima Shrine and Daishoin Temple for their historical value. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Miyajima are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Mikasahama Beach, & more) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Kanazawa to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 77°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

1
night
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kagoshima online holiday planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kagoshima by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Shopping Spas
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AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA ©
AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA
Thermal Spas

3
nights
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.
On the 9th (Fri), get all the information you need at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, stroll through Isso Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaku Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Tashiro Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. In August in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

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nights
Miyazaki

Miyazaki ©
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Omi Shrine and Saitobaru Tomb. Step off the beaten path and head to Takachiho Gorge and Aoshima Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Miyazaki: Aya Tezukuri Hommono Center (in Aya-cho), Miyakonojo (Sekinoo Falls & Takachihonomine) and Okuragahama Beach (in Hyuga). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at En Haut, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History, and engage your brain at Miyzaki Science Center.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Miyazaki day trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train from Yakushima-cho to Miyazaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. In August, daytime highs in Miyazaki are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho, Hyuga, Miyakonojo, Aya Tezukuri Hommono Center, Tsuno Shrine
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Aoshima Island ©
Aoshima Island
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Tsuno Shrine ©
Tsuno Shrine

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, and then examine the collection at Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, then look for gifts at Ajari Mochi Hompo Mangetsu, and finally explore the activities along Kamogawa River.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight, tram, and train from Miyazaki to Kyoto in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama

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Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, get engrossed in the history at Kasuga Taisha Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nara trip planner .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. In August, daytime highs in Nara are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Izumisano.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and then take a stroll through Gion.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip site .

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and subway. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Izumisano.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Miho Museum
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum

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Izumisano

Izumisano ©
Tourists usually visit Izumisano for its proximity to the massive Kansai International Airport.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Izumi no Kuni Rekisikan, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and then stroll through Amore Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Miedo Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Koyasan Danjo Garan.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Izumisano tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Izumisano takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Izumisano can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Izumisano

Nature Parks Transportation

Side Trips

Izumi no Kuni Rekisikan, Mt. Koya
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
KIX Airport Lounge ©
KIX Airport Lounge

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