31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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Hakodate
— 4 nights
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Naha
— 4 nights
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Miyakojima
— 6 nights
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
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Taketomi-jima
— 3 nights
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Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Osaka Kansai, Train to Shirahama-cho
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Hakodate

— 4 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Motomachi and Onuma Park Walking Path. Head to Hakodate Morning Market and Kanemori Red Brick Warehousefor some retail therapy. When in Hakodate, make a side trip to see Hotokegaura in Sai-mura, approximately Sai-mura away. Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at Yachigashira Onsen, pause for some serene contemplation at Motomachi Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakodate Orthodox Church.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Hakodate road trip planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Hakodate is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Hakodate, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in April, expect Hakodate to be a bit cooler, temps between 52°F and 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Shopping · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 21:

Naha

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Aharen Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Onna Station Nakayukui Market (in Onna-son), AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son) and Tokashiku Beach (in Tokashiki-son). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri, shop like a local with Shijo Hondori, get your game on at Ryuso Studio Chura Bijin, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ashibina Outlet Mall.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Naha online trip maker.

You can fly from Hakodate to Naha in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakodate in April; daily highs in Naha reach 75°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 25:

Miyakojima

— 6 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visiting Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama will get you outdoors. Visit Nagamahama Beach Coast and Yonaha Maehama Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, and get outside with Tomori Imugya Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima vacation builder website.

You can fly from Naha to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 25 — May 1:

Ishigaki

— 6 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Yonehara Beach and Fusaki Beach. Get some cultural insight at Ishigaki Yaima Village and Cape Hirakubozaki. When in Ishigaki, make a side trip to see Nakamoto Beach in Kuro-shima, approximately Kuro-shima away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Pinion Direct Shop, take a memorable tour with Tours, and enjoy the sand and surf at Akashi Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki travel route website.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 7:

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hoshisuna Beach and Ida no Hama Beach. Visiting Kayaking & Canoeing and Nara no Taki Falls will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls and step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Taketomi-jima

— 3 nights
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get outside with Kaiji Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, then make a trip to Nagomi Tower, and finally take a peaceful walk through Mangrove at Ishinagata Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, then stop by Taketomi Submarine Hot Spring, and finally get outside with Kubazaki Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Taketomi-jima road trip planning tool.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Taketomi-jima in 2.5 hours. May in Taketomi-jima sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

Shirahama-cho

— 2 nights
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shirarahama Beach and Ichimai-iwa. There's lots more to do: stop by Toretore Market Nanki Shirahama, step off the mainland to explore Engetsuto, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Shirahama-cho online holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, flight, and train from Taketomi-jima to Shirahama-cho takes 9 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Taketomi-jima in May; daily highs in Shirahama-cho reach 74°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

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.