31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. Spend 25th (Sat) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, walk around Banna Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary maker tool.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Ishigaki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Colombo to Ishigaki, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. September in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 26th (Sun), examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): head off the coast to Hashima Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Church Hongouchi, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Nagasaki takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in September, expect Nagasaki to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, boost your wellbeing at Hiroshima Stretch, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

Himeji

— 2 nights
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 1st (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then see the interesting displays at Ako City Folk Shiryokan. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and then kick back and relax at Matsue Swimming Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 7:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa road trip planning site.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Matsumoto

— 3 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Explore Matsumoto's surroundings by going to Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano) and Mt. Nagamine (in Azumino). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, relax and rejuvenate at Zuisho Matsumotokan, examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Chogatake.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto journey planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Matsumoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kanazawa in October: highs in Matsumoto hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 13:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and finally steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then examine the collection at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi road trip app.

Drive from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hakone-machi are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Baths · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday site.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by combination of bus and train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:

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.