31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
7
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
8
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
9
Towada
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico


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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.
Get in touch with nature at Kamakura Hiking Trails and Fuefuki Togenkyo. Popular historic sites such as Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori and Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine (in Kawagoe), Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama (in Saitama) and Ibaraki Nature Museum (in Bando). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Fire Museum, admire the natural beauty at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien, go for a walk through Hozomon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Tokyo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 13 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hayama-machi, Kamakura, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, Fuefuki Togenkyo, Ibaraki Nature Museum
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:
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Idemitsu Museum of Arts ©
Idemitsu Museum of Arts
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©

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.
You'll explore and learn at Little World and Sagawa Art Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mimurotoji Temple and Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園 (in Hikone), Yamazaki River (in Nagoya) and Mt. Ibuki (in Maibara). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, steep yourself in history at Honen-in, and take in the awesome beauty at Gozaisho-dake.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto route planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ise, Higashiomi, Otsu, Nagahama, Uji
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:
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Mimurotoji Temple ©
Mimurotoji Temple
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Escape the urban bustle at Amore Beach and Sakuya Konohanakan. Let the collections at Koyasan Reihokan Museum and Modern Transportation Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Katsuo-ji Temple (in Mino), Nara (Naramachi Koshino Ie, Yoshikien, & more) and Tanzan Shrine (in Sakurai). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine, get your game on at PC and Retro Bar Space Station, examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip builder site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Nishinomiya, Asuka-dera Temple, National Museum of Ethnology
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:
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Asuka-dera Temple ©
Asuka-dera Temple
Tanzan Shrine ©
Tanzan Shrine
Yoshikien ©
Yoshikien

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyako Shrine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yabiji and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Yoshino Coast, see the interesting displays at Miyakojima City Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond, and kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Nagamahama Beach Coast ©
Nagamahama Beach Coast

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Kannonzaki Lighthouse and then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Kubazaki Beach, examine the collection at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, enjoy the sand and surf at Hairumubushi Beach, then look and learn at Ishigakijima Observatory, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiraho Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Sunset Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. July in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Kohama-jima
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:
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Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Utara Tanko and then contemplate the long history of Residence of Niimori. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, then take in the pleasant sights at Ruins of Amitory Village, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Shirahama Port.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip planning website .

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about an hour. In July, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port

3
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Let the collections at Kemmin no Mori Forest Science Museum and Onna-son Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shirumichu and Oceanic Culture Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Kadena-cho (Kayaking & Canoeing & Scuba & Snorkeling), Nago (Busena Beach, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, & more) and Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest (in Higashi-son). There's still lots to do: get outside with Bisezaki, tee off at PGM Golf Resort Okinawa, look for all kinds of wild species at Manza Dream Hole, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sun Marina Beach.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Onna-son trip maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son. In August in Onna-son, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kadena-cho, Motobu-cho, Nago, Shirumichu, Urasoe Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest ©
Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest
Bisezaki ©
Bisezaki

2
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 Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples. Get outdoors at Mt. Rausu and Kamuiwakka Falls. Explore Shari-cho's surroundings by going to Rausu Lighthouse (in Rausu-cho), Mt. Mashu (in Teshikaga-cho) and Sakura Falls (in Kiyosato-cho). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, admire the sheer force of Furepe Waterfall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Shiretoko Nature Center, and explore the striking landscape at Oronko Rock.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Shari-cho in 8.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Onna-son in August: high temperatures in Shari-cho hover around 26°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Rausu Lighthouse, Koshimizu Primeval Garden, Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, Sakura Falls
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:
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Mt. Rausu ©
Mt. Rausu
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach

2
nights
Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the activities along Suiren Pond, head outdoors with Tsuta Numa, explore the activities along Tsutanonana Swamp, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take in the views from Deai-bashi Bridge, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Ashura no Nagare. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, admire the sheer force of Sensuji no Taki, contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Hakufu no Taki, then take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, and finally examine the collection at Hachinohe City Museum.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Towada trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Shari-cho to Towada takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Towada when traveling from Shari-cho in August, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Towada

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Aomori, Lake Ogawara, Hachinohe City Museum, Oyu Stone Circle, Hotokenuma
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:
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Hotokenuma ©
Hotokenuma
Towada Shrine ©
Towada Shrine
Onsen Resorts

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