31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zamami-son
— 2 nights
Drive to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kamakura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Arashiyama. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Dotombori District in Dotombori--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto planning tool.

Cartagena, Colombia to Kyoto is an approximately 30.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. In June, Kyoto is little chillier than Cartagena - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 17:

Hatsukaichi

— 2 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hatsukaichi online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hatsukaichi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 19:

Onna-son

— 3 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
You'll get in some beach time at Nirai Beach and Akabaka Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Emerald Beach and Cape Manzamo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Shurijo Castle (in Naha) and Anchihama (in Motobu-cho). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, and Head underground at Blue Cave.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Onna-son travel route planner.

You can fly from Hatsukaichi to Onna-son in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hatsukaichi in June, with highs in Onna-son at 34°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:

Zamami-son

— 2 nights
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hizushi Beach, then kick back and relax at Aka Beach, and then kick back and relax at Nishibama Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Gahijima Sand Dune, kick back and relax at Furuzamami Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kushibaru Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Zamami-son trip maker site.

You can drive from Onna-son to Zamami-son in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 24:

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.
Relax by the water at Yonehara Beach and Sukuji Beach. Get in touch with nature at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Akashi Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, and get outside with Yarabudake.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Zamami-son to Ishigaki. In June, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 29:

Miyakojima

— 5 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sunayama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Nakanoshima Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, stroll through Nagakita Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Kamakura.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 4:

Kamakura

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moroiso Shores.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kamakura trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Miyakojima to Kamakura by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in July, things will get little chillier in Kamakura: highs are around 30°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Odaiba District and Asakusa. Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin). And it doesn't end there: stop by Akihabara, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 11:

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.