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
Fly
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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 8 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 Pinaisara Falls. Step out of Ishigaki with an excursion to Hoshisuna Beach in Iriomote-jima--about 3h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, 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 fly 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: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and make a trip to East Henna Cape.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima day trip planner.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. October in Miyakojima sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly 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 Okinawa Peace Memorial Park for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Furuzamami Beach and Aharen Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: The Tower of Himeyuri (in Itoman), Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market & Cape Manzamo) and Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma). 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 fly 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 Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Visit Atomic Bomb Dome and Miyajima for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and catch a live event at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip app.

You can fly from Naha to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Naha in October, things will get little chillier in Hiroshima: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Parks · Nature · 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 Nijo Castle for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Dotombori to see Dotombori District about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, stop by Arashiyama, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the 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. 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 stroll through 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.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Toyooka online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Toyooka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Himeji in October, plan for little chillier nights in Toyooka, with lows around 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 Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. 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) and Sakai (Maruoka Castle & Tojimbo Cliff). 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 catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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 Yokohama Chinatown. Popular historic sites such as Imperial Palace and Tokyo Central Railway Station are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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.