31 days in Japan Itinerary

31 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia journey planner

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Sapporo
— 1 night
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Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
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Higashikawa-cho
— 2 nights
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Rausu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Towada
— 3 nights
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Izu
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Miura
— 3 nights
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Nagiso-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagano
— 2 nights
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Hakui
— 2 nights
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Miyazu
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Sapporo

— 1 night

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Royce' Chocolate World, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Giro21 MTB&Nature Tourguide - Daytours, and finally take a stroll through Susukino. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Odori Park, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then stroll through Tonden Windbreak Forest.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo road trip planning tool.

Vienna, Austria to Sapporo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Vienna in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Sapporo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Shakotan-cho

— 1 night
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Kamui, then stroll through Shimamu Beach, and then take in the awesome beauty at Sakotandake.

Plan a trip to Shakotan-cho easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Sapporo to Shakotan-cho in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Shakotan-cho can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Higashikawa-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Higashikawa-cho

— 2 nights
On the 5th (Mon), stroll through Yukomanbetsu Swamp, then take in the awesome beauty at Asahi-dake, then hike along Susoaidaira, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kurodake. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Sounkyo Momojidani, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Midori, and then test the waters at Kurotake No Yu.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Higashikawa-cho online travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Shakotan-cho to Higashikawa-cho with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Shakotan-cho in September since evenings lows in Higashikawa-cho dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Rausu-cho.

Things to do in Higashikawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Rausu-cho

— 2 nights
Serving as the gateway to the World Heritage-listed region of Shiretoko, the fishing town of Rausu-cho seduces visitors with its dramatic natural scenery and cultural richness.
On the 7th (Wed), soak in some Japanese tradition at Kuma no Yu, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and finally stroll through Shiretoko Peninsula. On your second day here, stroll through Shiretoko Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Rausu.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rausu-cho day trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Higashikawa-cho to Rausu-cho. In September in Rausu-cho, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Rausu-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Towada

— 3 nights
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Escape the urban bustle at Oirase Gorge and Tsuta Numa. Explore hidden gems such as Hakufu no Taki and Hotokenuma. Step out of Towada with an excursion to Lake Ogawara in Tohoku-machi--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Itomuka no Irie, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Towada sightseeing website.

Explore your travel options from Rausu-cho to Towada with the Route module. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rausu-cho in September since evenings lows in Towada dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Izu.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Izu

— 2 nights
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Daruma, then kick back and relax at Toi Beach, then cruise along Nishiizu Skyline, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Baird Brewery Gardens Shuzenji.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Izu route site.

Traveling by flight from Towada to Izu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Towada in September; daily highs in Izu reach 30°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Izu

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Tokyo

— 2 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.
On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with Tsuribiyori, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), then relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and finally don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning site.

Drive from Izu to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Miura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Miura

— 3 nights
Miura is a city located in central Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.As of April 1, 2017, the city had an estimated population of 44,132, with 17,473 households, and a population density of 1,400 persons per km2. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jogashima Island and Araihama Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Toshiki Beach and Moroiso Shores. Venture out of the city with trips to Yokosuka (Yudokoro Noborigumo & Akiya, Tateishi Coast) and Umi no Furusatomura (in Oshima-machi). There's still lots to do: stroll through Koajiro Forest and explore the striking landscape at Umanose Domon.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Miura road trip app.

Getting from Tokyo to Miura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: highs in Miura hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Miura

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Nagiso-machi

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Utsugi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Hokendake, and then stroll through Senjojiki Cirque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Ushigataki Waterfall, stroll through Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, and then admire the sheer force of Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nagiso-machi road trip planner.

Drive from Miura to Nagiso-machi in 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Miura in September since evenings lows in Nagiso-machi dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 21st (Wed), get a dose of the wild on Snow Monkey Resorts, then take in nature's colorful creations at Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Naena Falls, then get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, and then look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nagano vacation site.

Traveling by car from Nagiso-machi to Nagano takes 3 hours. September in Nagano sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hakui.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Hakui

— 2 nights
Hakui is a city located in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Kahokugata Hori Pasture. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Cosmo Isle Hakui and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Keta Taisha.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hakui route planner.

You can drive from Nagano to Hakui in 4 hours. In September in Hakui, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyazu.

Things to do in Hakui

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Miyazu

— 2 nights
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Kanabiki Waterfall, take some stellar pictures from Amanohashidate View Land, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hamazume Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hacchohama Asamogawa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Kyu Mikamiye House, make a trip to Amanohashidate, and then do a tasting at Amanohashidate Winery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Miyazu online journey planner.

You can drive from Hakui to Miyazu in 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt. Ibuki and Kamogawa River. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Kurama and Kyoto Insider Sake Experience. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Hayazaki Biotop (in Nagahama) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, and contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto route maker tool.

Getting from Miyazu to Kyoto by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Miyazu, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Tohoku travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.

Chubu travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
In the middle of Japan's largest island, the region of Chubu remains best known for its picturesque natural scenery and numerous hot springs. The region contains the rugged Japanese Alps, which separate the country's sunny Pacific from the snowy Sea of Japan side. Thanks to this high mountain range, most vacations in Chubu include skiing in the cold months and hiking in the warmer part of the year. Don't miss a tour of Mount Fuji, Japan's enduring symbol and a hugely popular attraction, both for climbing and viewing. When you need to add some urban flair to your Chubu itinerary, the large city of Nagoya holds plenty of appeal with museums, shrines, and parks.

Kanto travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Nearly synonymous with Tokyo and its suburban sprawl, the region of Kanto encompasses many historical sites, hot springs, semitropical islands, and picturesque mountains. Predictably, most tours of Kanto begin and end in Tokyo, which serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby national parks, ancient temples, and grand monuments reminding visitors of Japan's shogun era. During feudal times, Kanto reigned as the center of political and military power; today, the area represents one of the country's tourism hubs. As you plan your Kanto itinerary, be sure to include a stop in Kamakura, a small temple town filled with notable cultural treasures.

Kansai travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
The center of Japan's military and political power for many centuries, the region of Kinki (or Kansai) contains most of the country's major cities. The majority of vacations in Kinki begin in Kyoto--the Japanese capital for nearly 1,000 years. This old city with a modern flare contains hundreds of ancient temples, 13 of which claim spots on the World Heritage List. Kinki's attractions stretch beyond just historical shrines and temples--the area's big claim to fame is its outstanding cuisine and a range of outdoor activities and shopping options. Convenient train routes linking three major regional centers--Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto--make sightseeing in Kinki easy and pleasant.