31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: La Paz
Fly:  27​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
4
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
8
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
11
Kochi
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
12
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
13
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
14
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  30​h
End: La Paz

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Tokyo

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.
Visit Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Kōtoku-in in Kamakura, approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, shop like a local with Ginza, and look for gifts at Kimono Me.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planning website .

La Paz, Bolivia to Tokyo is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from La Paz to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from La Paz in April, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kōtoku-in
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 6th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Maruoka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, and finally take a stroll through Gokayama.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, Kanazawa is little chillier at night with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, Komatsu, Maruoka Castle, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 8th (Wed), make a trip to Daimonzaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho trip planner .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nachikatsura-cho in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 9th (Thu), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Amitori Asaba, then kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island.

To see photos and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nachikatsura-cho to Iriomote-jima. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, with highs in Iriomote-jima at 30°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Barasu Island ©
Barasu Island

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Ishigaki

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): head outdoors with Kondoi Beach, shop like a local with Nei Museum of Art, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, then look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online tour itinerary planner .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In April, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Island Countryside Settlement, Kondoi Beach
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 13th (Mon), snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and finally head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, then get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, then buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, then contemplate the long history of Katsuren Castle Ruins, and finally explore the historical opulence of Zakimi Castle Ruins.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Onna-son vacation planner .

Getting from Miyakojima to Onna-son by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in April, Onna-son is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Kitanakagusuku-son, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Zakimi Castle Ruins, Nakijin Castle Ruins, Katsuren Castle Ruins
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama, then trek along Seibu Trail, then admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In April in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Chiran Peace Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Shiroyama, then contemplate the geological forces at Sakurajima, and finally explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Yunohira Lookout, don't miss a visit to Kareigawa Station, then take in panoramic vistas at Shiroyama Observatory, and finally don't miss a visit to Sengan-en.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kagoshima visit planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Kagoshima in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and ferry. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, expect little chillier with lows of 12°C in Kagoshima. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kareigawa Station, Chiran Peace Museum
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Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Mt. Shiroyama ©
Mt. Shiroyama

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Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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.
On the 21st (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kunimigaoka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, then take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Monzenmachi Shopping Street, then don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, and then don't miss a visit to Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho attractions planner.

Drive from Kagoshima to Takachiho-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Monzenmachi Shopping Street, Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, Shirakawa Springs
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Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge

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Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenshibuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden, browse the fresh offerings at Thursday City, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Sunday Market, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kochi tour itinerary app .

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Kochi by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April in Kochi, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Zenshibuji Temple
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Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Sunday Market
Sunday Market

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Miyajima, stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kochi to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in the exciting artwork at Myochin Hompo, then steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Takasago
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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Kyoto

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Koyasan Okunoin and Sarutahiko Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan & Torodo Temple), Ise (Oharai-machi, Ise Shrine Geku, & more) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Asahiyaki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ise, Koya-cho, Osaka, Asahiyaki
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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