37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Toyooka
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Ginza. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Asakusa and Omotesando. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo driving holiday tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 27:

Miyakojima

— 5 nights
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 East Henna Cape. Relax by the water at Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, stroll through Tomori Imugya 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 4.5 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 catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 2:

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.
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 Hoshisuna Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Nakamoto Beach (in Kuro-shima) and Pinaisara Falls (in Iriomote-jima). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Fusaki Beach, stroll around Kabira Park, and take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki.

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 fly to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:

Naha

— 5 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.
Head to Onna Station Nakayukui Market and AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOMfor 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), Furuzamami Beach (in Zamami-son) and Itoman (Okinawa Peace Memorial Park & The Tower of Himeyuri). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, stop by Yukura, browse the different shops at Ashibina Outlet Mall, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Naha visit planning site.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Naha takes 2.5 hours. In October in Naha, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:

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.
Let the collections at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Yamato Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to JMSDF Kure Museum and Mt. Misen. Step out of Hiroshima with an excursion to Miyajima in Hatsukaichi--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and catch a live event at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Naha in October; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 26°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

Kyoto

— 6 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 Kiyomizu-dera Temple. 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 Nijo Castle, 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 do a combination of bus and train. 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 fly to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 20:

Toyooka

— 4 nights
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 Ine no Funaya. Explore Toyooka's surroundings by going to Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore (in Iwami-cho), Amanohashidate (in Miyazu) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). 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 tour the pleasant surroundings at Hamazume Beach.

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

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Toyooka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. 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 · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
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 Gokayama. Do some cultural sightseeing at D. T. Suzuki Museum and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Sakai (Tojimbo Cliff & Maruoka Castle) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Wada House, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Tsuzumi Gate, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa sightseeing planner.

Drive from Toyooka to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:

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.