31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+3
Ferry + Bus + Foot + Fly:  6 h
7
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  8 h 30 min
8
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
9
Towada
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  32 h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico


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4
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Hojo Beach and Isshiki Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori and Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama (in Saitama), Gempeigawa River (in Mishima) and Ibaraki Nature Museum (in Bando). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Hozomon, see the interesting displays at Nissan Crossing, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo online route planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Tokyo is an approximately 21- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 13 hour difference. July in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hayama-machi, Kamakura, Fuefuki Togenkyo, Hojo Beach, Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:
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Idemitsu Museum of Arts ©
Idemitsu Museum of Arts
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Gempeigawa River ©
Gempeigawa River

5
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Unryuin. Museum-lovers will appreciate Little World and Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園 (in Hikone), Yamazaki River (in Nagoya) and Mt. Ibuki (in Maibara). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoshinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Hosenin, make a trip to Hinjitsukan, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kinomotojuku.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto attractions planning tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ise, Otsu, Uji, Nagahama, Higashiomi
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:
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Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple ©
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Koyasan Reihokan Museum and Naramachi Koshino Ie. Get in touch with nature at Amore Beach and Michi-no-eki Kobe Fruit Flower Park Osawa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Katsuo-ji Temple (in Mino), Tanzan Shrine (in Sakurai) and Nara (Yoshikien & Rokuen). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asuka-dera Temple, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, have some family-friendly fun at KidZania Koshien, and examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum.

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Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Nishinomiya, Katsuo-ji Temple, Tanzan Shrine
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:
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Asuka-dera Temple ©
Asuka-dera Temple
Tanzan Shrine ©
Tanzan Shrine
Naramachi Koshino Ie ©
Naramachi Koshino Ie

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yukishio Museum and Miyakojima Sea Treasure Museum. Popular historic sites such as Harimizu Utaki and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji, head outdoors with Yoshino Coast, examine the collection at Miyakojima City Museum, and kick back and relax at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Miyakojima by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
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Yabiji
Yabiji
Kayaking & Canoeing
Nagamahama Beach Coast ©
Nagamahama Beach Coast

2
nights
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 28th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Kannonzaki Lighthouse and then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kubazaki Beach, see the interesting displays at Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi, kick back and relax at Hairumubushi Beach, then see the sky in a new way at Ishigakijima Observatory, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shiraho Beach, and finally head outdoors with Sunset Beach.

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Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In July in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Taketomi-jima, Kohama-jima
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:
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Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble ©
Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi ©
Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Utara Tanko and then steep yourself in history at Residence of Niimori. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall, enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, then make a trip to Ruins of Amitory Village, and finally kick back and relax at Shirahama Port.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. July in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:
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Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Todomari Beach ©
Todomari Beach
Shirahama Port ©
Shirahama Port

3
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bisezaki and Manza Dream Hole. Let the collections at Oceanic Culture Museum and Onnason Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Onna-son: Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest (in Higashi-son), Kadena-cho (Kayaking & Canoeing & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Nago (Busena Beach & Sedake Lighthouse Observation Deck). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach, head outdoors with Tiger Beach, contemplate the long history of Urasoe Castle Ruins, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirumichu.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Onna-son trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Onna-son takes 5.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Onna-son are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kadena-cho, Nago, Motobu-cho, Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest, Urasoe Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:
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Bisezaki ©
Bisezaki
Scuba & Snorkeling
Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest ©
Gesashi Bay's Mangrove Forest

2
nights
Shari-cho

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiretoko Peninsula and Shiretoko Beach. Popular historic sites such as Raiun Shrine and Rausu Lighthouse are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shari-cho: Mt. Mashu (in Teshikaga-cho), Sakura Falls (in Kiyosato-cho) and Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples (in Abashiri). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Koshimizu Primeval Garden, and take in the dramatic natural features at Oronko Rock.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Shari-cho day trip app.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Onna-son to Shari-cho in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, Shari-cho is slightly colder than Onna-son - with highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hokkaido, Koshimizu Primeval Garden, Mt. Mashu, Sakura Falls, Rausu Lighthouse
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:
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Sakura Falls ©
Sakura Falls
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach

2
nights
Towada

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 8th (Sat): explore the activities along Suiren Pond, get outside with Tsuta Numa, explore the activities along Tsutanonana Swamp, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then snap pictures at Deai-bashi Bridge, and finally explore the activities along Ashura no Nagare. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, admire the sheer force of Sensuji no Taki, contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Hakufu no Taki, then admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, and finally examine the collection at Hachinohe City Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Towada trip maker site.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Shari-cho to Towada in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Shari-cho in August, Towada is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Towada

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Aomori, Hotokenuma, Lake Ogawara, Oyu Stone Circle, Hachinohe City Museum
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:
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Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Oyu Stone Circle ©
Oyu Stone Circle
Towada Shrine ©
Towada Shrine

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