31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Shari-cho
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
2
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
7
Matsue
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  3​h 45​min
8
Kyoto
— 3 nights
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Knoxville

1
night
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: walk around Pereke River Shore Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiretoko Beach, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip itinerary builder app .

Knoxville, USA to Shari-cho is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Knoxville to Shari-cho, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Knoxville in October, with highs in Shari-cho at 57°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach

2
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.
Visiting Yakusugi Land and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Seibu Trail. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yakushima-cho vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Yakushima-cho in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Shari-cho in October, with highs in Yakushima-cho at 78°F and lows at 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Step out of the city life by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visit Ida no Hama Beach and Todomari Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yakushima-cho to Iriomote-jima. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, with highs in Iriomote-jima at 85°F and lows at 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yonehara Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Take a break from the city and head to Kondoi Beach and Yarabudake. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, stop by Pinion Direct Shop, walk around Banna Park, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Relax by the water at Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Explore hidden gems such as Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, stroll through Tomori Imugya Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima road trip planning site .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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.
Popular historic sites such as Itsukushima Shrine and Itsukushima Shrine Torii are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Miyajima, & more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To plan Hiroshima vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Miyakojima in October, expect Hiroshima to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

3
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adachi Museum of Art and Former Taisha Station. Get some historical perspective at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse and Yaegaki Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsue: Izumo (Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Hinomisaki Shrine, & more) and Oku-izumo Vineyard (in Unnan). There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsue driving holiday planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Matsue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Matsue are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art, Oku-izumo Vineyard
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Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Susa Shrine ©
Susa Shrine

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Ippuya. Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Osaka Castle in Osaka--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Matsue to Kyoto in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Ainokura Gassho Community (in Nanto), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Natadera Temple (in Komatsu). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, and admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planning tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Maruoka Castle, Natadera Temple
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

3
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.
Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Sensō-ji and Imperial Palace for their historical value. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama, about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Ginza, wander the streets of Asakusa, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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