30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Train to Chūbu Centrair, Fly to Hakodate
3
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Taketomi-jima
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Taketomi-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry
5
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 3 nights
Fly
8
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Yasugi
— 5 nights
Drive to Okayama Momotaro Airport, Fly to Vancouver

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Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ainokura Gassho Community and Gokayama. Step out of Kanazawa with an excursion to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Hakui--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, and examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum.

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Vancouver, Canada to Kanazawa is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Kanazawa. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in September; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally stop by Hida Bussankan.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama online itinerary planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Hakodate

— 2 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 27th (Wed), boost your wellbeing at Yachigashira Onsen. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, take a stroll through Motomachi, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Takayama to Hakodate in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Takayama in September, with highs in Hakodate at 26°C and lows at 18°C. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Shopping · Baths · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Taketomi-jima

— 3 nights
A tiny island in the Yae-yama archipelago, Taketomi-jima enjoys popularity as a beach getaway, best known for its stretches of "star sand"--sand made up of tiny star-shaped exoskeletons of ancient fossils.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stroll through Kaiji Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Taketomi Folk Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kubazaki Beach, then visit Taketomi Submarine Hot Spring, then don't miss a visit to Nagomi Tower, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Taketomi-jima travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hakodate to Taketomi-jima in 8 hours. In September, Taketomi-jima is a bit warmer than Hakodate - with highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yurateiku Market and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: walk around Kabira Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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You can ride a ferry from Taketomi-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Toguchi no Hama and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. Relax by the water at Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Ryugujo Observatory, stroll through Maja Beach, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and look for gifts at Furusato.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima online attractions planner.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. October in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

Naha

— 3 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.
On the 9th (Mon), browse the different shops at Ashibina Outlet Mall, get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and then look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fukushu-en Garden.

To find out how to plan a trip to Naha, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Naha in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Naha are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls and then don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa. On the next day, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, make a trip to Wilson Stump, and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

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Traveling by flight from Naha to Yakushima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Naha in October: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Museum of Art and Yamato Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Step out of Hiroshima with an excursion to Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, catch a live event at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online day trip planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in October: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 26°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yasugi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

Yasugi

— 5 nights
Yasugi is a city located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan.As of March 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 38,875 and a population density of 92 persons per km². Step off the beaten path and head to Former Taisha Station and Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. Mizuki Shigeru Museum and Shimane Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yasugi: The Mizuki Shigeru Road (in Sakaiminato), Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine (in Oda) and Matsue (Yuushien Garden, Matsue Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Daikon Island, look for gifts at Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, and visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yasugi trip planner.

Drive from Hiroshima to Yasugi in 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yasugi

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.