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
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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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 Edo-Tokyo Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Omotesando. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and stop by Asakusa.

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 14-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 travel 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 Toguchi no Hama. Relax by the water at Sunayama Beach 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 · Outdoors · 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: Pinaisara Falls (in Iriomote-jima) and Nakamoto Beach (in Kuro-shima). 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 · 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 Ashibina Outlet Mallfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sefa-Utaki and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Furuzamami Beach (in Zamami-son), Tokashiki-son (Aharen Beach & Tokashiku Beach) and AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, visit Yukura, get a new perspective on nature at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, and expand your understanding of the military at Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Naha trip maker.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Naha can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · 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 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yamato Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and catch a live event at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can fly from Naha to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Naha in October; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 26°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Parks · Nature · 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 Dotombori District. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

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 Ine no Funaya. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Takeda Castle Ruins. Explore Toyooka's surroundings by going to Amanohashidate (in Miyazu), Kyotango (Hamazume Beach & Hacchohama Kobama Beach) and Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore (in Iwami-cho). There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Toyooka travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Toyooka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for slightly colder days in Toyooka, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°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 Ainokura Gassho Community. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Wada House, &more), Sakai (Tojimbo Cliff & Maruoka Castle) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, and admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate.

Make your Kanazawa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Toyooka to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:

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.