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
— 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 Asakusa. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza 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 · Historic Sites
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 Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomori Imugya Beach, kick back and relax at Nagamahama Beach Coast, and take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima road trip app.

Fly from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · 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: 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 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 2.5 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 fly to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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 The Cenotaph. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, catch a live event at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip site.

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. 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can 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 Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. 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 Takeda Castle Ruins. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Street of Kinosaki Onsen. Explore Toyooka's surroundings by going to Amanohashidate (in Miyazu), Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore (in Iwami-cho) and Ine no Funaya (in Ine-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 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 · Beaches · Outdoors · 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 Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Do some cultural sightseeing at D. T. Suzuki Museum and Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Sakai (Tojimbo Cliff & Maruoka Castle), Nanto (Gokayama & Ainokura Gassho Community) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, and walk around Kenrokuen Garden.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. 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.