30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 4 nights
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Drive to Kumamoto, Train to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Ferry to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tanabe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki

— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nosoko Mape and Banna Park. Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima--about 1h 55 min away. Spend 5th (Tue) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and stroll through Yonehara Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ishigaki attractions planning website.

San Francisco, USA to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Ishigaki, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect Ishigaki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 78°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 7:

Miyakojima

— 6 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Shimojishima Island and Aragusuku Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Irabu-jima Island. There's lots more to do: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and make a trip to East Henna Cape.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima road trip planning app.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 13:

Takachiho-cho

— 4 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Step off the beaten path and head to Takachiho Shrine and Manai Falls. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Amano Yasugawara and Amano Iwato Shrine. Step out of Takachiho-cho with an excursion to Daikanbo Lookout in Aso--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Miyakojima in April: high temperatures in Takachiho-cho hover around 68°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 17:

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yakusugi Land and Oko no Taki Fall. Escape the urban bustle at Seibu Trail and Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. There's more to do: make a trip to Wilson Stump and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip maker.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Yakushima-cho by combination of car, train, and ferry takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Takachiho-cho in April since evenings lows in Yakushima-cho dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to fly to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
On the 21st (Thu), examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and then steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Koya-cho driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Koya-cho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, things will get a bit cooler in Koya-cho: highs are around 64°F and lows about 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tanabe.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

Tanabe

— 2 nights
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): trek along Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, enjoy the sand and surf at Shirarahama Beach, and then take some stellar pictures from Senjojiki.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tanabe trip builder.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Tanabe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Koya-cho in April since evenings lows in Tanabe dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 3 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Seiganto-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Kamikura Shrine and Kumano Nachi Taisha are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Nachikatsura-cho to Kushimoto-cho to see Hashigui Rock about 38 minutes away. It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho day trip website.

Getting from Tanabe to Nachikatsura-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. April in Nachikatsura-cho sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

Takayama

— 3 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ainokura Gassho Community and Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. Get some historical perspective at Higashiyama Walking Course and Takayama Jinya. Change things up with these side-trips from Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Takayama trip planner.

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Takayama by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Takayama, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.