36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hakodate
— 2 nights
2
Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
3
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
4
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
5
Naha
— 4 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
8
Himeji
— 1 night
9
Toyooka
— 1 night
10
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
11
Tokyo
— 4 nights

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Hakodate

Hakodate ©
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

Onuma Park Walking Path
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Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward

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Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima ©
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

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Kubazaki Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. Explore hidden gems such as Yonehara Beach and Yurateiku Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ishigaki: Iriomote-jima (Pinaisara Falls & Hoshisuna Beach). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, 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

Side Trip

Iriomote-jima
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
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

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

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Naha

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

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Naha holiday planning site.

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. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Itoman, Onna-son, Tomigusuku, Sefa-Utaki, Aharen Beach
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Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 JMSDF Kure Museum. Visit Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Miyajima for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). 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 ferry and car. 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

Side Trips

Kure, Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. 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. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

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 take a bus. 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

Osaka
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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Himeji

Himeji ©
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): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en and then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Himeji travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Himeji are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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Toyooka

Toyooka ©
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

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Kyotango
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:
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Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Thermal Spas

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 Nomura Family Samurai House. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura) and Sakai (Maruoka Castle & Tojimbo Cliff). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sakai, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ainokura Gassho Community
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine

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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.
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 take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama Chinatown
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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