31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary maker

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Naha
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba District, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary builder website.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Traveling from London in March, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 6:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip maker.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in March; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:

Nagoya

— 3 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Chubu Park (in Toin-cho), Nabana no Sato (in Kuwana) and Kainan Kodomonokuni (in Yatomi). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, visit Nisshin Civic Hall, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and contemplate the long history of Nagoya Higashiyamaso.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nagoya online trip builder.

Getting from Kanazawa to Nagoya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nagoya, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 11:

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara (about 1 hour away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online vacation planner.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 16:

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Senjokaku, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online route maker.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

Naha

— 3 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: Nanjo (Apeman Spa, Sefa-Utaki, &more) and Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Cape Manzamo, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Makishi Public Market, identify plant and animal life at Shurikinjocho Oakagi Tree, and stop by Fukurasha.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Naha sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Naha takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in March, things will get a bit warmer in Naha: highs are around 24°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 27:

Ishigaki

— 4 nights
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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, visit a coastal fixture at Oganzaki Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Ishigaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 31:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.