31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Hakodate
— 2 nights
3
Matsue
— 1 night
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
6
Goto
— 2 nights
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
8
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
9
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
10
Miyakojima
— 3 nights

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Asakusa. Explore hidden gems such as Tokyo National Museum and Omotesando. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Ikspiari (in Maihama) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Ginza, get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in Tokyo hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, Ikspiari, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): ride a horse along Dosanko Farm Hakodate, appreciate the extensive heritage of Onuma Park Walking Path, and then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, thenget into the urban bustle at Hakodate Community Design Center, and finally wander the streets of Motomachi.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hakodate visit planner.

Fly from Tokyo to Hakodate in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, Hakodate is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the activities along Shinji Lake, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, thenexplore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally don't miss a visit to The Mizuki Shigeru Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, thenexplore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, thenkick back and relax at Inasa Beach, and finally get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo.

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

You can fly from Hakodate to Matsue in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Hakodate in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Matsue: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Izumo, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art, The Mizuki Shigeru Road
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
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Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine

4
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nijo Castle and Dotombori District. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

Discover how to plan a Kyoto trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Matsue to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 1st (Mon), contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, thenstroll through Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, and finally look for gifts at Koshiyama Kanseido Honten. On your second day here, take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, thensee the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

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

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Kanazawa are slightly colder (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Goto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

2
nights
Goto

Goto ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Dozaki Cathedral and Egami Church. You'll get in some beach time at Takahama Beach and Tontomari Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Goto trip itinerary maker website.

Explore your travel options from Kanazawa to Goto with the Route module. Traveling from Kanazawa in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Goto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Goto

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Tontomari Beach ©
Tontomari Beach
Dozaki Cathedral ©
Dozaki Cathedral
Kusuhara Church ©
Kusuhara Church

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land. Escape the urban bustle at Oko no Taki Fall and Harutahama Beach. The adventure continues: make a trip to Taikoiwa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Goto to Yakushima-cho. Traveling from Goto in October, expect nights in Yakushima-cho to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll get in some beach time at Hoshisuna Beach and Ida no Hama Beach. Get outdoors at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima travel route planning website.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Iriomote-jima in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, Iriomote-jima is somewhat warmer than Yakushima-cho - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Hirakubozaki and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Sukuji Beach, make a trip to Nagurao Bridge, head outdoors with Kaiji Beach, and stop by Yurateiku Market.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel route builder tool.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Take a break from the city and head to Aragusuku Beach and Toriike Pond. There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and get outside with Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Miyakojima online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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