31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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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
Fly:  6 h
7
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly:  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 outdoors at Kamakura Hiking Trails and Morito Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine and Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Ibaraki Nature Museum (in Bando), Gempeigawa River (in Mishima) and Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama (in Saitama). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, admire the masterpieces at Idemitsu Museum of Arts, examine the collection at Nissan Crossing, and kick back and relax at Hojo Beach.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Tokyo is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from San Juan to Tokyo, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hayama-machi, Kamakura, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori, Fuefuki Togenkyo
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:
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Idemitsu Museum of Arts ©
Idemitsu Museum of Arts
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Gempeigawa River ©
Gempeigawa River

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mimurotoji Temple and 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園. Museum-lovers will appreciate Little World and Lake Biwa Museum. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Yamazaki River (in Nagoya), Mt. Ibuki (in Maibara) and Toyosato Shogakko Kyukoshagun (in Toyosato-cho). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, contemplate the long history of Hosenin, and examine the collection at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ise, Nagahama, Uji, Higashiomi, Otsu
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:
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Mimurotoji Temple ©
Mimurotoji Temple
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Koyasan Reihokan Museum and Walking tours. Get in touch with nature at Amore Beach and Sakuya Konohanakan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Katsuo-ji Temple (in Mino), Nara (Naramachi Koshino Ie, Yoshikien, &more) and Tanzan Shrine (in Sakurai). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asuka-dera Temple, stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, have a few drinks at PC and Retro Bar Space Station, and see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip builder.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. 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 Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Nishinomiya, Katsuo-ji Temple, Amore Beach
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:
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Asuka-dera Temple ©
Asuka-dera Temple
Tanzan Shrine ©
Tanzan Shrine
Naramachi Koshino Ie ©
Naramachi Koshino Ie

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Miyakojima City Museum and Underground Dam Museum. Popular historic sites such as Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Ninto zeiseki are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, head off the coast to Ogami Island, get outside with Sea Sky Hakuai, and kick back and relax at Tomori Imugya Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima online day trip planner.

Fly from Osaka to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. July in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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): enjoy the sea views from Kannonzaki Lighthouse and then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kubazaki Beach, see the interesting displays at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, kick back and relax at Hairumubushi Beach, thensee the sky in a new way at Ishigakijima Observatory, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Shiraho Beach, and finally head outdoors with Sunset Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki online trip planner.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Kohama-jima
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi ©
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Utara Tanko and then steep yourself in history at Residence of Niimori. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, thenmake a trip to Ruins of Amitory Village, and finally kick back and relax at Shirahama Port.

To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:
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Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bisezaki and Scuba & Snorkeling. Let the collections at Oceanic Culture Museum and JAXA Okinawa Tracking and Communication Station capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kadena-cho), Nago (Busena Beach & Sedake Lighthouse Observation Deck) and Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest (in Higashi-son). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach, head outdoors with Tiger Beach, contemplate the long history of Urasoe Castle Ruins, and explore the gorgeous colors at Manza Dream Hole.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Onna-son trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son takes 6 hours. In August, daytime highs in Onna-son are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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 Shiretoko Peninsula and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Popular historic sites such as Raiun Shrine and Rausu Lighthouse are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples (in Abashiri), Mt. Mashu (in Teshikaga-cho) and Sakura Falls (in Kiyosato-cho). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shari, take in nature's colorful creations at Koshimizu Primeval Garden, and kick back and relax at Shiretoko Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Shari-cho day trip app.

Fly from Onna-son to Shari-cho in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, Shari-cho is slightly colder than Onna-son - with highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, Mt. Mashu, Sakura Falls, Rausu Lighthouse
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:
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Sakura Falls ©
Sakura Falls
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the activities along Suiren Pond, get outside with Tsuta Numa, explore the activities along Tsutanonana Swamp, thenindulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, thensnap pictures at Deai-bashi Bridge, and finally explore the activities along Ashura no Nagare. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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, thenadmire the sheer force of Hakufu no Taki, thenadmire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, and finally examine the collection at Hachinohe City Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Towada trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Shari-cho to Towada in 9 hours. Other options are to fly; 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Towada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Aomori, Hachinohe City Museum, Lake Ogawara, Oyu Stone Circle, Hotokenuma
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Oyu Stone Circle ©
Oyu Stone Circle
Towada Shrine ©
Towada Shrine

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