37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
3
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
4
Naha
— 5 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
6
Kyoto
— 6 nights
7
Toyooka
— 4 nights
8
Kanazawa
— 4 nights

4
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Asakusa. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Odaiba District, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip maker.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in September: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 27:
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

5
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. Relax by the water at Toguchi no Hama and Nagamahama Beach Coast. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, head outdoors with Kagimmi-hama Beach, kick back and relax at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, and snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Miyakojima takes 6 hours. In September, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 2:
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Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama

4
nights
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.
Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Yonehara Beach and Nakamoto Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Iriomote-jima (Pinaisara Falls & Hoshisuna Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, add some fun to your beach time Fusaki Beach, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima, Nakamoto Beach
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

5
nights
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.
Head to Onna Station Nakayukui Market and Ashibina Outlet Mallfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sefa-Utaki and Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters. Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Tokashiki-son (Aharen Beach & Tokashiku Beach), AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son) and Furuzamami Beach (in Zamami-son). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, stop by Yukura, and explore the world behind art at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Naha trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Naha takes 3.5 hours. October in Naha sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Itoman, Tokashiki-son, Tomigusuku, Onna Station Nakayukui Market, Sefa-Utaki
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:
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Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Tokashiku Beach
Tokashiku Beach

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Let the collections at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yamato Museum and The Cenotaph. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and catch a live event at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima vacation planner.

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. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Naha in October: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 26°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kure, Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

6
nights
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Dotombori District in Dotombori, approximately Dotombori away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Dotombori District
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Sand Museum and Street of Kinosaki Onsen. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Takeda Castle Ruins and Himeji Castle. Explore Toyooka's surroundings by going to Amanohashidate (in Miyazu), Ine no Funaya (in Ine-cho) and Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore (in Iwami-cho). There's lots more to do: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, enjoy the sand and surf at Hacchohama Kobama Beach, and get outside with Hamazume Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Toyooka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Toyooka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Kyoto in October, expect nights in Toyooka to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kyotango, Amanohashidate, Takeda Castle Ruins, Ine no Funaya, Himeji Castle
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gokayama and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Wada House, &more), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Sakai (Tojimbo Cliff & Maruoka Castle). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, don't miss a visit to Tsuzumi Gate, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Toyooka to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Sakai, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

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