31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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Fly to Narita International Airport, Drive to Nikko
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Nikko
— 5 nights
Train to Kita-Senju, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly

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Nikko

— 5 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nikko Tosho-gu and Lake Chuzenji. Popular historic sites such as Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Kanaya Hotel History House are in your itinerary. Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Oze National Park. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nikko National Park, explore the stunning scenery at Ryuokyo Canyon, take in panoramic vistas at Akechidaira Observation Area, and admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nikko trip planning site.

Phoenix, USA to Nikko is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Phoenix to Nikko due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in November, you will find days in Nikko are much colder (55°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Sunayama Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, head outdoors with Maja Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nikko to Miyakojima in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Nikko in November, expect nights in Miyakojima to be somewhat warmer, around 70°F, while days are much warmer, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:

Naha

— 3 nights

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 outdoors at Furuzamami Beach and Manza Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son), Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son) and Nirai Beach (in Yomitan-son). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, admire the natural beauty at Fukushu-en Garden, make a trip to Kokusaidori, and get outside with Naminoue Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Naha travel route builder tool.

Fly from Miyakojima to Naha in 2.5 hours. In November in Naha, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:

Nagasaki

— 3 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
You'll explore and learn at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Dejima. Get outdoors at Mt. Inasa and Hashima Island. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, steep yourself in history at Glover House and Office, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Oura Church, and snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip planning site.

Fly from Naha to Nagasaki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In November, Nagasaki is a bit cooler than Naha - with highs of 64°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 26:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 27th (Mon), head off the coast to Miyajima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Arashiyama. Get some historical perspective at Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, make a trip to Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto journey maker app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 3:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get some cultural insight at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Higashichaya Old Town. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Nomura Family Samurai House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Wada House (in Shirakawa-mura) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Imperial Palace. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Asakusa, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 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.