37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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37 days in Japan Itinerary

Vancouver
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  45​min
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Naha
— 5 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + taxi:  4​h
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
Toyooka
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Vancouver

4
days
Tokyo

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ginza and Asakusa. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tsukiji Market and Omotesando. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, take a stroll through Odaiba, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo tour planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in September, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 31°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

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Ginza
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum

5
days
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll get in some beach time at Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Toguchinohama and Maja Beach. There's much more to do: take in the views from Irabu Bridge, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

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Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Miyakojima: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

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Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sunayama Beach
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach

5
days
Ishigaki

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.
Relax by the water at Yonehara Beach and Fusaki Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tamatorizaki Observatory and Cape Hirakubozaki. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Taketomicho Iriomote-jima (Pinaisara Falls & Hoshisuna Beach) and Nakamoto Beach (in Kuro-shima Taketomi-cho). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the pleasant sights at Cape Ongazaki, and contemplate the long history of Ishigaki Yaima Village.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomicho Iriomote-jima, Nakamoto Beach
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Yonehara Beach
Tamatorizaki Observatory
Cape Hirakubozaki

5
days
Naha

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.
Visit Aharen Beach and Furuzamami Beach for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nakayukui Market Onna Station and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Venture out of the city with trips to AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son), The Tower of Himeyuri (in Itoman), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Tokashiku Beach (in Tokashiki-son). There's lots more to do: stroll through Shurijo Castle, buy something for everyone on your list at OKINAWA OUTLET MALL ASHIBINAA, explore the world behind art at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, and steep yourself in history at Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters.

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Getting from Ishigaki to Naha by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. October in Naha sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Itoman, Tokashiki-son, Tomigusuku, Sefa-Utaki, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
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Aharen Beach
Furuzamami Beach
Tokashiku Beach

3
days
Hiroshima

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Yamato Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and JMSDF Kure Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Mount Misen & Miyajima). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and explore and take pictures at Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

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Traveling by combination of train, subway, flight, and taxi from Naha to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Naha in October: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kure, Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Yamato Museum

5
days
Kyoto

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.
Shop till you drop at Dotonbori and Kyoto Station Building. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kitano Tenman-gu 北野天滿宮. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, flight, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Nijo Castle

4
days
Toyooka

A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Get some cultural insight at Himeji Castle and Takeda Castle Ruins. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Sand Museum and Amanohashidate. Venture out of the city with trips to Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore (in Iwami-cho), Ineno Funaya (in Ine-cho) and Kyotango (Hamazume Beach & Hacchohama Kobama Beach). The adventure continues: get great views at Street of Kinosaki Onsen and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

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Traveling by car from Kyoto to Toyooka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for slightly colder days in Toyooka, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyooka

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kyotango, Takeda Castle Ruins, Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, Amanohashidate, Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle
The Sand Museum
Street of Kinosaki Onsen

5
days
Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gassho Zukuri Minka-en and Gokayama. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck & Wada House), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Sakai (Tojinbo Cliff & Maruoka Castle), Ainokura Gassho Community (in Nanto) and Eiheiji (in Eiheiji-cho). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, take a stroll through Nagamachi District, and make a trip to Kanazawa Station.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa holiday planner.

You can drive from Toyooka to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Sakai, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Eiheiji
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Nomura Samurai House
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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