31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel planner

Make it your trip
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nakafurano-cho
— 4 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Sapporo

— 3 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Get outdoors at Otaru Canal and Maruyama Genshirin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Yoichi-cho (Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery & Asadaen Farm). There's much more to do: walk around Odori Park, take a stroll through Susukino, hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hakkogakuen Hanashobupark.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip app.

Vienna, Austria to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Vienna to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Vienna, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Nakafurano-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:

Nakafurano-cho

— 4 nights
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
Get in touch with nature at Daisetsuzan and Shirogane Blue Pond. Get out of town with these interesting Nakafurano-cho side-trips: Higashikawa-cho (Asahidake Ropeway & Asahi-dake), Biei-cho (Seven Stars Tree, Zerubunoka Atomunooka, &more) and Onsen Resorts (in Kamifurano-cho). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, relax in the rural setting at Saika no sato, don't miss a visit to Panorama Road, and take in nature's colorful creations at Choei Lavender Farm.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Nakafurano-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Sapporo to Nakafurano-cho in 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sapporo in August since evenings lows in Nakafurano-cho dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 9:

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.
Get outdoors at Ito Diving Service Bommie and Odaki Medaki Fall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Mt. Ishiwari (in Yamanakako-mura), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Mt.Momokura (in Otsuki). The adventure continues: stop by Odaiba District, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary website.

Explore your travel options from Nakafurano-cho to Tokyo with the Route module. Traveling from Nakafurano-cho in August, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 14:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Escape the urban bustle at Gongenmori Beach and Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi), Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Sanmachi Suji) and Tojimbo Cliff (in Sakai). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planning website.

Fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:

Kyoto

— 6 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 in touch with nature at Nara Park and KAMNAVI Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Todai-ji Temple) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Gion, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 24:

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and stroll through Akashi Beach.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Ishigaki takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:

Hiroshima

— 3 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 29th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, test the waters at Hiroshima Stretch, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and then fly like a bird with Outdoor Trips Japan.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:

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.