30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Vancouver
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+4
train + subway + Fly + taxi + ferry:  5​h 15​min
Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho
— 2 nights
ferry:  15​min
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  45​min
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Vancouver

5
days
Kanazawa

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. Get some cultural insight at Gassho Zukuri Minka-en and Maruoka Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck & Wada House), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Tojinbo Cliff (in Sakai), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Eiheiji (in Eiheiji-cho). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle Park, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Samurai House.

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Vancouver, Canada to Kanazawa is an approximately 20-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Kanazawa. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in September, with highs in Kanazawa at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Sakai, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gokayama, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Nomura Samurai House ©
Nomura Samurai House
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

5
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Kiyomizu-dera. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kitano Tenman-gu 北野天滿宮. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Dotonbori about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha, head outdoors with Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building.

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Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera ©
Kiyomizu-dera
Fushimi Inari Taisha ©
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Nijo-jo Castle ©
Nijo-jo Castle

2
days
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 don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima, examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and then examine the collection at Yamato Museum.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kure, Miyajima
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2
days
Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho

Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho ©
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.
On the 6th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaiji Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and then stroll through Kondoi Beach. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Nagomi Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, then get engrossed in the history at Taketomi Folk Art Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kubazaki Beach.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho by combination of train, subway, flight, taxi, and ferry takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in October; daily highs in Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho reach 33°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kubazaki Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach
Nishi Pier ©
Nishi Pier

5
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yonehara Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Relax by the water at Hoshisuna Beach and Nakamoto Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Pinaisara Falls in Taketomicho Iriomote-jima (about 2 hours away). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Tamatorizaki Observatory, go for a walk through Cape Ongazaki, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and steep yourself in history at Ishigaki Yaima Village.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary maker.

Ishigaki is just a short distance from Taketomi-jima Taketomi-cho. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 27°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

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

5
days
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
We've included these beaches for you: Aragusuku Beach and Maja Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunayama Beach and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Toguchinohama, enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in an hour. October in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 27°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
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

4
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Omotesando and Tokyo City View. For shopping fun, head to Tsukiji Market or Ginza. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Asakusa, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu.

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You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Miyakojima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in October, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can 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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