31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h
3
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Fly + Taxi:  7 h 15 min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+4
Taxi + Fly + Bus + Train + Taxi:  7 h 15 min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  5 h 15 min
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
9
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: New Delhi

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Cape Hirakubozaki. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, walk around Banna Park, take a memorable drive along Nagurao Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

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New Delhi, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Ishigaki. Traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ishigaki, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

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Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. December in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Mizuochi Falls ©
Mizuochi Falls

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shimojiiima Island and Irabu-jima Island. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima vacation maker.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Shimojiiima Island ©
Shimojiiima Island
Irabu-jima Island ©
Irabu-jima Island

3
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bise no Fukugi Tree Road and Okichan Theater. Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Onna Station Nakayukui Market (in Onna-son) and Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center, and walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Motobu-cho takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in December, Motobu-cho is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Onna Station Nakayukui Market
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Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

2
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yakusugi Land and Oko no Taki Fall. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, make a trip to Wilson Stump, and take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, train, ferry, and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Motobu-cho in December, with highs in Yakushima-cho at 18°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

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

1
night
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 18th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in December, with highs in Takachiho-cho at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa Springs
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Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kintaikyo Bridge and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Go for a jaunt from Hiroshima to Hatsukaichi to see Itsukushima Shrine about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima travel website.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Itsukushima Shrine, Kintaikyo Bridge
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
The Cenotaph ©
The Cenotaph

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Chion-in Temple. Step out of Kyoto to go to Dotombori and see Dotombori District, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto route planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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