30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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 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: Gokayama (in Nanto), Sakai (Tojimbo Cliff & Maruoka Castle) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Wada House, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa tour itinerary website.

Vancouver, Canada to Kanazawa is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train. 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 · Neighborhoods · Museums

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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Toji. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Dotombori to see Dotombori District about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

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. Another option is to take a train. 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 · Zoos & Aquariums

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 examine the collection 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 do a combination of train and 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): stroll through 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 tour the pleasant surroundings at 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 flight and ferry from Hiroshima to Taketomi-jima in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, 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 Fusaki Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hoshisuna Beach and Pinaisara Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Nakamoto Beach in Kuro-shima (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, 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 fly 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 Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, kick back and relax at Sawada no hama Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maja Beach.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima day trip planning app.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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 City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills). 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 4.5 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 catch the flight 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 · 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.