31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey maker

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Fly
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Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naha
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 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.
Step out of Sapporo with an excursion to Otaru Canal in Otaru--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: walk around Odori Park, make a trip to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, and see the interesting displays at Sapporo Beer Museum.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sapporo sightseeing planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sapporo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Sapporo is 8 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in March, with highs in Sapporo at 1°C and lows at -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:

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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 10th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Sapporo, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 10:

Yamanouchi-machi

— 2 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area, fly down the slopes at Okushiga Kogen Ski Area, and then stroll through Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, then stroll through Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and then fly down the slopes at Shiga Kogen.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in March; daily highs in Yamanouchi-machi reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa sightseeing site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 14:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Universal Studios Japan, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and stop by Arashiyama.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 19:

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.
Spend 20th (Sun) 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, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, walk around Banna Park, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Kyoto to Ishigaki in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in March, expect nights in Ishigaki to be much hotter, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 23:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally make a trip to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Aiai Farm, snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, and then contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho takes 5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Motobu-cho, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

Naha

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, explore the historical opulence of Shurijo Castle, and then sample the fine beverages at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori, and then learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Naha trip planner.

You can drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

Nagasaki

— 2 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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 28th (Mon), stroll around Nagao Castle Park and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally walk around Nagasaki Peace Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nagasaki trip website.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Naha in March: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima holiday app.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 29 — 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.