30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
4
Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
5
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
6
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
7
Tokyo
— 4 nights

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore D. T. Suzuki Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Sakai (Tojimbo Cliff & Maruoka Castle). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, contemplate the long history of Nagamachi Neighborhood, and make a trip to Omicho Market.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip builder app.

Vancouver, Canada to Kanazawa is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight, tram, and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Vancouver to Kanazawa, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in September; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Sakai, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gokayama
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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

4
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Kyoto

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Dotombori District. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Dotombori District
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 3rd (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima holiday tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Kure, Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

2
nights
Taketomi-jima

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 6th (Fri): head outdoors with Kaiji Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Nagomi Tower, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, then examine the collection at Taketomi Folk Art Museum, and finally get outside with Kubazaki Beach.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taketomi-jima visit planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry from Hiroshima to Taketomi-jima in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Taketomi-jima: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Kubazaki Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach

5
nights
Ishigaki

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 Nakamoto Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hoshisuna Beach and Ishigaki Yaima Village. Change things up with a short trip to Pinaisara Falls in Iriomote-jima (about 2h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, get active on the water at Fusaki Beach, stroll around Kabira Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki route tool.

You can ride a ferry from Taketomi-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Nakamoto Beach
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aragusuku Beach and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sunayama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, head outdoors with Nagamahama Beach Coast, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and make a trip to East Henna Cape.

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Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. October in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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nights
Tokyo

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tokyo National Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, visit Odaiba District, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Tokyo takes 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Miyakojima in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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