31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
2
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
4
Naha
— 3 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
7
Himeji
— 2 nights
8
Kyoto
— 3 nights
9
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
10
Ise
— 2 nights
11
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
12
Tokyo
— 5 nights

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Toguchi no Hama and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. Visiting Sunayama Beach and Ikema-jima Island will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online day trip planner.

Montevideo, Uruguay to Miyakojima is an approximately 35-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Uruguay Standard Time (UYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 12 hours. In March in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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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.
On the 6th (Sun), get outside with Kondoi Beach, paddle through the water with Fusaki Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, then head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, then walk around Banna Park, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. March in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Kondoi Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and finally skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, then kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Amitori Asaba.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nakijin Castle Ruins and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Valley of Gangala. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park), Onna Station Nakayukui Market (in Onna-son) and Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park & Okichan Theater). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins, head off the coast to Kudakajima Island, get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle, and take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Naha trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Naha in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in March, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Itoman, Nanjo, Onna-son, Motobu-cho, St. Clara Church
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:
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Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins ©
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins

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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 13th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): get answers to all your questions at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, then trek along Seibu Trail, and finally head outdoors with Nagata Inakahama.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip planning tool.

You can fly from Naha to Yakushima-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Naha in March; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, examine the collection at Yamato Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, with highs in Hiroshima at 16°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kure, Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:
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Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

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Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, trek along Mt Shosha hiking, and then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Himeji day trip planning app.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Takasago, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kodai-ji Temple and Minami (Namba). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Dotombori (Dotombori District & Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

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Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): make a trip to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho day trip tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in March since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 22:
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Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

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Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, then examine the collection at Okageza, then contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Sengukan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium (Ise Sea Paradise), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, and finally make a trip to Meotoiwa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ise trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Nachikatsura-cho, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toba Aquarium, Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:
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Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple, then visit Higashichaya Old Town, then take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, and finally steep yourself in history at Kita Family House.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip site.

Getting from Ise to Kanazawa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Ise in March, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Komatsu, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Kita Family House
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:
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Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Nomura Family Samurai House
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Hase-dera Temple and Senso-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Tokyo National Museum and Lalique Museum Hakone will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), Kōtoku-in, &more) and Hakone-machi (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, &more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Odaiba District, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

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Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Kanazawa - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 31:
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

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