31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly to New Ishigaki Airport, Drive to Hateruma-jima
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Hateruma-jima
— 1 night
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Drive to New Ishigaki Airport, Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Kumejima-cho
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Kumejima-cho
— 1 night
Fly
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly
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Towada
— 1 night
Fly to Sapporo Okadama, Train to Kita-Biei
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Biei-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Nishi Pier. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach, West Ufudaki Lookout, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Ibaruma Sabichi Cave, appreciate the history behind Yoko Gushiken Monument, and explore the activities along Kabira Bay.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel route planner.

London, UK to Ishigaki is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from London in September; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 37°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 5:

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 6th (Mon), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, then head off the coast to Iriomote Island, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally head off the coast to Barasu Island.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Iriomote-jima tour itinerary planning tool.

Ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

3
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aragusuku Beach and Irabu Ohashi. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima travel tool.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. In September, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Hateruma-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

1
night
Hateruma-jima

On the 11th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japan and then kick back and relax at Nishihama Beach.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hateruma-jima trip itinerary site.

Explore your travel options from Miyakojima to Hateruma-jima with the Route module. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kumejima-cho.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

1
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Kumejima-cho

The town of Kumejima-cho spans several islands, including the main island of the same name.
On the 12th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Kumejima Island, get a taste of life in the country at Kumejima Uma Bokujo, then head off the coast to Hatenohama, and finally get great views at Hiyajo Banta.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kumejima-cho holiday app.

Explore your travel options from Hateruma-jima to Kumejima-cho with the Route module. In September, daytime highs in Kumejima-cho are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kumejima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kodai-ji Temple and Koko-en. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Himeji Castle (in Himeji), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, get outside with Amore Beach, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip site.

Traveling by flight from Kumejima-cho to Kyoto takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kumejima-cho in September: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 33°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:

1
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Towada

Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, then explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, and finally explore the activities along Ashura no Nagare.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Towada travel route planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Towada by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Towada: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Biei-cho.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

3
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Biei-cho

Famous for scenic views of vast fields, wide meadows, and gently rolling hills against the backdrop of the Taisetsu mountain range, Biei-cho offers a picture-prefect setting for a pleasant countryside vacation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shikisai no Oka and Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower. Explore Biei-cho's surroundings by going to Asahi-dake (in Higashikawa-cho), Furano (Furabi & Campana Rokkatei) and Kamikawa-cho (Akadake Ginsendai, Daisetsuzan, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Patchwork no Michi, identify plant and animal life at Shirogane Blue Pond, walk around Shinei no Oka Tenbo Koen, and take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita Lavender East.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Biei-cho online itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Towada to Biei-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Biei-cho when traveling from Towada in September, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Biei-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

3
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Shari-cho

Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt. Rausu and Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory. Step out of Shari-cho with an excursion to Lake Mashu in Teshikaga-cho--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Shiretoko Misaki, cruise along Shiretoko Pass, look for all kinds of wild species at Shiretoko Peninsula, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Shari-cho day trip planning tool.

Drive from Biei-cho to Shari-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Shari-cho can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Japan Wonder Travel and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Hidaka to see Kinchakuda Manjushage Park about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and have fun at teamLab☆Planets.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo journey app.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.