31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Hakuba-mura
— 3 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
4
Ise
— 3 nights
5
Kobe
— 1 night
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
7
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
8
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
9
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
10
Nakijin-son
— 3 nights
11
Shinkamigoto-cho
— 2 nights

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and then take a stroll through Ueno District. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, then kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip maker.

Bristol, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bristol to Tokyo is 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) ©
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

3
nights
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Visiting Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park and Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Mt. Shirouma and Ushikata Inn. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakuba-mura: Togakushi Shrine Okusha (in Nagano) and Daio Wasabi Farm (in Azumino). It doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hakuba-mura attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakuba-mura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, Hakuba-mura is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Togakushi Shrine Okusha, Ushikata Inn, Daio Wasabi Farm, Mt. Shirouma
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden ©
Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Gokayama and Wada House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Nomura Family Samurai House will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Tojimbo Cliff (in Sakai) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakuba-mura in January; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gokayama, Tojimbo Cliff, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Wada House ©
Wada House

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Futami Okitama Shrine and Hinjitsukan. Step off the beaten path and head to Tsukiyominomiya and Shinmei Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Toba (Mikimoto Pearl Island & Sugashima Lighthouse) and Izawanomiya (in Shima). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, and make a trip to Okage Yokocho.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ise trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Ise takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in January since evenings lows in Ise dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toba, Izawanomiya
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Futami Okitama Shrine ©
Futami Okitama Shrine
Izawanomiya ©
Izawanomiya

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 13th (Sun), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen and then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Ise to Kobe in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kobe, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Baths · Spas · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

2
nights
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 14th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally examine the collection at Yamato Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, head outdoors with Paddle Park, and then don't miss a visit to Okonomimura.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Nagurao Bridge. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ishigaki Yaima Village and Cape Hirakubozaki. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, get outside with Kaiji Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in January: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Escape the urban bustle at Ida no Hama Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Funauki Village and Hoshisuna Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima online trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In January in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Toguchi no Hama and Sunayama Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kouri Island and Kurima Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave, get outside with Aragusuku Beach, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima road trip planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 5 hours. January in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nakijin-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Kouri Island ©
Kouri Island
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

3
nights
Nakijin-son

Nakijin-son ©
Steeped in Ryukyuan history, Nakijin-son tourism centers around the ruins of an ancient stonewall castle.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Katsuren Castle Ruins and Nakijin Castle Ruins. Step out of the city life by going to Kouri Beach and Cape Zampa. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nakijin-son trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Miyakojima to Nakijin-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Nakijin-son, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shinkamigoto-cho.

Things to do in Nakijin-son

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Cape Zampa, Katsuren Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kouri Beach ©
Kouri Beach
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins
Cape Zampa ©
Cape Zampa

2
nights
Shinkamigoto-cho

Shinkamigoto-cho ©
Get some cultural insight at Aosagaura Church and Nakanoura Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kashigarashima Church and Chuchi Catholic Church.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Shinkamigoto-cho trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nakijin-son to Shinkamigoto-cho. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nakijin-son in January; daily highs in Shinkamigoto-cho reach 9°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shinkamigoto-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Aosagaura Church ©
Aosagaura Church
Fukumi Catholic Church ©
Fukumi Catholic Church
Tainoura Church ©
Tainoura Church

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