31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly
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Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 5 nights
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Tokyo — 6 nights

Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Tower. There's lots more to do: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tokyo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Brisbane in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly to Biei-cho.
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Find places to stay Aug 1 — 7:

Biei-cho — 3 nights

Attractions like Daisetsuzan and Akadake Ginsendai make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Biei-cho: Nakafurano-cho (Farm Tomita, Saika no sato, &more), Hinode Lavender Garden (in Kamifurano-cho) and Higashikawa-cho (Susoaidaira & Asahi-dake). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Shirogane Blue Pond, take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka, and admire the sheer force of Shirahige Falls.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Biei-cho trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Tokyo to Biei-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tokyo in August, expect Biei-cho to be a bit cooler, temps between 29°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planning website.

You can fly from Biei-cho to Kanazawa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Biei-cho in August, expect Kanazawa to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 5 nights

Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima — 2 nights

City of Peace

Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima route builder site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.
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Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

Iriomote-jima — 2 nights

On the 20th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, then head off the coast to Barasu Island, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nakama-river Protected Region.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry from Hiroshima to Iriomote-jima in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.
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Ishigaki — 5 nights

Kids will appreciate attractions like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Kabira Bay. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Ishigaki sightseeing site.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.
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Motobu-cho — 5 nights

Kids will enjoy Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Minna Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Onna-son (Manza Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more), Nago (Kise Beach, Koki Beach, &more) and Kouri Beach (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Minnajima Island, make a trip to Kouri Ohashi, stop by Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market, and identify plant and animal life at Sesoko Labyrinth.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 26 — 31:

Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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