30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Tram to Hamamatsucho, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Train to Hakata, Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Taketomi-jima
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Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa

— 5 nights
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 D. T. Suzuki Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Wada House, &more), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Sakai (Tojimbo Cliff & Maruoka Castle). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and make a trip to Kanazawa Station.

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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. In September, Kanazawa is a bit warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 30°C and lows of 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 · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Dotombori District. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Toji. 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 · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:

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.
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 · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:

Taketomi-jima

— 2 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 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

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Ishigaki

— 5 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.
Relax by the water at Yonehara Beach and Nakamoto Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hoshisuna Beach and Pinaisara Falls. There's lots more to do: get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stroll around Kabira Park, and take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village.

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 · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:

Miyakojima

— 5 nights
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 Sunayama Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Toguchi no Hama and Tomori Imugya Beach. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, and get outside with Maja Beach.

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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

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:

Tokyo

— 4 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.
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 · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 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.