36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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Fly
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Taketomi-jima
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Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Drive
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Toyooka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Hakodate

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Motomachi Catholic Church and then get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Motomachi, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, then steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate journey website.

Vancouver, Canada to Hakodate is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Hakodate, 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 Hakodate reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Nagomi Tower, then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, then examine the collection at Taketomi Folk Art Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kubazaki Beach.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Taketomi-jima online trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hakodate to Taketomi-jima in 9 hours. Traveling from Hakodate in September, expect Taketomi-jima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. Explore hidden gems such as Yonehara Beach and Tamatorizaki Observatory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ishigaki: Iriomote-jima (Pinaisara Falls & Hoshisuna Beach). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll around Kabira Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki travel itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Taketomi-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Head to Atarasu Ichiba and Furusatofor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Aragusuku Beach and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, head outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, and don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In October in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

Naha

— 4 nights

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.
Visit Sefa-Utaki and Katsuren Castle Ruins for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Furuzamami Beach and Aharen Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market & Cape Manzamo) and Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park & The Tower of Himeyuri). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, stop by Yukura, browse the different shops at Ashibina Outlet Mall, and get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Naha online trip maker.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Naha in 2.5 hours. October in Naha sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Yamato Museum. Visit Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Miyajima for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, see where the action happens at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip planning website.

Getting from Naha to Hiroshima by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. In October, Hiroshima is slightly colder than Naha - with highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

Kyoto

— 5 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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. 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 Toji, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Himeji journey planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Himeji are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:

Toyooka

— 1 night
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 18th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Izushi Castle Town, kick back and relax at Hacchohama Kobama Beach, and then head outdoors with Hamazume Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Toyooka trip planner.

You can drive from Himeji to Toyooka in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Himeji in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Toyooka, with lows of 17°C. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyooka

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Maruoka Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ainokura Gassho Community and Ninja Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Tojimbo Cliff (in Sakai). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip maker website.

You can drive from Toyooka to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:

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.
Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. Popular historic sites such as Imperial Palace and Tokyo Central Railway Station are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Yokohama Chinatown in Yokohama (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stop by Akihabara, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

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.