30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Tram to Hamamatsucho, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Train to Chūbu Centrair, Fly to Hakodate
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Taketomi-jima
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Taketomi-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yasugi
— 5 nights
Drive to Okayama Momotaro Airport, Fly to Vancouver International Airport

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Kanazawa

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 D. T. Suzuki Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Gokayama. Take a break from Kanazawa with a short trip to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Hakui, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, and make a trip to Tsuzumi Gate.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa route builder website.

Vancouver, Canada to Kanazawa is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight, tram, and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in September, with highs in Kanazawa at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

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Takayama

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:

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Hakodate

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 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. 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:

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Taketomi-jima

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): head outdoors with 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 9 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

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

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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.
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 travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

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

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Miyakojima

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 Ryugujo Observatory. Relax by the water at Aragusuku Beach and Maja Beach. There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, head outdoors with Sunayama 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 travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

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Naha

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, appreciate the history behind 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 travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

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Yakushima-cho

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.

Make your Yakushima-cho itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Yakushima-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and 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:

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Hiroshima

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 National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Step out of Hiroshima with an excursion to Kintaikyo Bridge in Iwakuni--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, catch a live event at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In October, Hiroshima is a bit cooler than Yakushima-cho - with highs of 26°C and lows of 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:

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Yasugi

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 Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Shimane Art Museum. Mizuki Shigeru Museum and Adachi Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yasugi: Matsue (Yuushien Garden, Matsue Castle, &more), Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine (in Oda) and The Mizuki Shigeru Road (in Sakaiminato). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, step off the mainland to explore Daikon Island, stop by Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center, and explore the activities along Shinji Lake.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yasugi online itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Yasugi by car takes about 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 · 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.