31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
2
Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
3
Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
6
Onna-son
— 5 nights
7
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
8
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
9
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
10
Zamami-son
— 2 nights

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiretoko National Park and Mt. Rausu. Step out of the city life by going to Shiretoko Misaki and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko Nature Center, and steep yourself in history at Old Sulfur Mining Site.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Shari-cho trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Shari-cho is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Shari-cho. In October, daily temperatures in Shari-cho can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hokkaido
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:
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Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Shiretoko National Park ©
Shiretoko National Park
Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu

2
nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, explore the activities along Lake Mashu, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Io, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, thentake in panoramic vistas at Bihorotoge Lookout, and finally don't miss a visit to Michi-no-Eki Gurutto Panorama Bihorotoge.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Teshikaga-cho trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Teshikaga-cho are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature Baths

Side Trip

Bihoro-cho
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Lake Kussharo Sand Bath ©
Lake Kussharo Sand Bath
Mt. Io ©
Mt. Io

2
nights
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, steep yourself in history at Mt. Haguro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanno Hie Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yudonosan Shrine, and finally stop by Shonai Tourist and Local Products Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Former Nishitagawa-gun County Office, steep yourself in history at Former Shibuya Family Residence of Layered House, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, thencontemplate the long history of Sankyo Soko Storehouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenshoji Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Tsuruoka journey builder site.

Fly from Teshikaga-cho to Tsuruoka in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Teshikaga-cho in October; daily highs in Tsuruoka reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sakata
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda ©
Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Former Nishitagawa-gun County Office ©
Former Nishitagawa-gun County Office

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Suganuma Gassho Community and Ainokura Gassho Community. Escape the urban bustle at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, wander the streets of Gokayama, and admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate.

Plan trip to Kanazawa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Tsuruoka to Kanazawa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Nanto, Maruoka Castle, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, thendon't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, and finally kick back and relax at Nagata Inakahama. Keep things going the next day: trek along Yakusugi Land.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Kanazawa to Yakushima-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, expect Yakushima-cho to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

5
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.
Visiting Kouri Beach and Bisezaki will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kafu Banta and Uzahama Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Kitanakagusuku-son (Nakagusuku Castle Ruins & AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM), Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son) and Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Manza Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, make a trip to Cape Maeda, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Onna-son travel app.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In October in Onna-son, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Kunigami-son, Kitanakagusuku-son, Nakijin-son, Uruma
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Kouri Beach ©
Kouri Beach
Bisezaki ©
Bisezaki
Daisekirinzan ©
Daisekirinzan

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Yabiji and Shimojiiima Island. We've included these beaches for you: Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Atarasu Ichiba, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, and stop by Furusato.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima journey tool.

Fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 5 hours. October in Miyakojima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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.
Visit Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki for their historical value. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. There's lots more to do: stop by Yurateiku Market, walk around Kabira Park, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and make a trip to Cape Ongazaki.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki route planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Relax by the water at Ida no Hama Beach and Todomari Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Pinaisara Falls and Mariudo Fall. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Barasu Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, kick back and relax at Shirahama Port, and get outside with Hoshisuna Beach.

To see more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip maker site.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In October in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Mariudo Fall ©
Mariudo Fall

2
nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Ama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Zamami Island, get outside with Furuzamami Beach, thenhead outdoors with Nishibama Beach, and finally get outside with Aka Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Zamami-son online tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Iriomote-jima to Zamami-son with the Route module. In October in Zamami-son, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 31st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Ama Beach ©
Ama Beach
Nishibama Beach
Nishibama Beach
Aka Beach ©
Aka Beach

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