31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

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31 days in Japan Itinerary

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
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
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 discover tucked-away gems like Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and cruise along Nagurao Bridge.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary maker .

New Delhi, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from New Delhi to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in December, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, then kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima online vacation planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to 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

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Yonaha Maehama Beach and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip builder website .

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Ikema Ohashi Bridge ©
Ikema Ohashi Bridge
East Henna Cape ©
East Henna Cape

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park and Okichan Theater. Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Onna Station Nakayukui Market (in Onna-son). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Tropical Dream Center.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho online road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Motobu-cho in 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Miyakojima in December since evenings lows in Motobu-cho dip to 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 ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land. It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall and make a trip to Wilson Stump.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of 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 your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Shirakawa Springs, then admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, and then go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho online journey builder .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Yakushima-cho in December, with highs in Takachiho-cho at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kintaikyo Bridge and The Cenotaph. Step out of Hiroshima to go to Hatsukaichi and see Itsukushima Shrine, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. 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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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Chion-in Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

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

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 discover tucked-away gems like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

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