31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ise
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 5 nights

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Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ise Shrine Geku and Tsukiyominomiya. Visit Oharai-machi and Sarutahiko Shrine for their historical value. Take a break from Ise with a short trip to Izawanomiya in Shima, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, look for gifts at Kumihimo Hirai, take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa, and make a trip to Hinjitsukan.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ise trip itinerary planning site.

Knoxville, USA to Ise is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Knoxville to Ise, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Knoxville in May, you will find days in Ise are a bit cooler (71°F), and nights are a bit warmer (67°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

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Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Kanda house. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kasuga Grand Shrine and Koyasan Okunoin. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotombori (Dotombori District & Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori), Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 14:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Popular historic sites such as Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine Torii are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Itsukushima Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Museum) and Itsukushima Gekijyo (in Hatsukaichi). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trips

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine, and finally go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho route planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Takachiho-cho are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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Naha

Naha ©

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Get some cultural insight at Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sefa-Utaki and Zakimi Castle Ruins. Venture out of the city with trips to Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son), Motobu-cho (Tropical Dream Center, Okichan Theater, &more) and Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park & The Tower of Himeyuri). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum, browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Naha driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Takachiho-cho to Naha takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 72°F in Naha. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Naha

Side Trips

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Highlights from your plan
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins ©
Nakagusuku Castle Ruins
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

4
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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Yurateiku Market and Nei Museum of Art. Get some historical perspective at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours about 1h 55 min away. Spend 24th (Mon) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and go for a walk through Cape Ongazaki.

To plan Ishigaki vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Ishigaki takes 3.5 hours. May in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 26:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market

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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.
Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Hase-dera Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, Kōtoku-in, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Akihabara, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Ishigaki to Tokyo by flight takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in May, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 76°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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