31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

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Fly
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nakafurano-cho
— 3 nights
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Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Drive to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Ishigaki
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapporo: Asadaen Farm (in Yoichi-cho), Makumbetsu Marshmarshland (in Ishikari) and Otaru Canal (in Otaru). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, admire the natural beauty at Royce Rose Garden, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura).

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo travel route site.

Ottawa, Canada to Sapporo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. While traveling from Ottawa, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nakafurano-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:

Nakafurano-cho

— 3 nights
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
Get out of town with these interesting Nakafurano-cho side-trips: Daisetsuzan (in Kamikawa-cho) and Biei-cho (Shikisai no Oka & Shirogane Blue Pond). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Farm Tomita, take in the awesome beauty at Kurodake, and experience rural life at Saika no sato.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nakafurano-cho route site.

You can drive from Sapporo to Nakafurano-cho in 2.5 hours. In July in Nakafurano-cho, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:

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 out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Nakafurano-cho to Kanazawa with the Route module. Traveling from Nakafurano-cho in July, expect Kanazawa to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Yashimagahara Marsh, then examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Matsumoto Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, take a peaceful walk through Tashiro Shitsugen, and then snap pictures at Kappa Bashi.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and stop by Arashiyama.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can fly from Matsumoto to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, and then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima attractions website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Motobu-cho

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, and then surround yourself with nature on Umiyukui. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): stroll through Minna Beach, head off the coast to Minnajima Island, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Sesoko Labyrinth.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In July in Motobu-cho, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

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.
When in Ishigaki, make a side trip to see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, approximately Iriomote-jima away. Spend 23rd (Sat) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and stop by Pinion Direct Shop.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 31st (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Ishigaki in July, with lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 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.