30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train to Chūbu Centrair, Fly to Hakodate
3
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Taketomi-jima
4
Taketomi-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry
5
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
7
Naha
— 3 nights
Fly
8
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
9
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Yasugi
— 5 nights
Drive to Okayama Momotaro Airport, Fly to Vancouver

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Kanazawa — 2 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ainokura Gassho Community and D. T. Suzuki Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Gokayama. Take a break from Kanazawa with a short trip to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Hakui, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and make a trip to Kanazawa Station.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa route builder website.

Vancouver, Canada to Kanazawa is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in September, with highs in Kanazawa at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Takayama — 2 nights

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, then admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, and finally stop by Hida Bussankan.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama online itinerary planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Hakodate.
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Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Hakodate — 2 nights

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.
On the 27th (Wed), soak in some Japanese tradition at Yachigashira Onsen. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hakodate Orthodox Church, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, take a stroll through Motomachi, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Takayama to Hakodate in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Takayama in September, with highs in Hakodate at 26°C and lows at 18°C. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Taketomi-jima.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Baths · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Taketomi-jima — 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): head outdoors with Kaiji Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Taketomi Folk Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kubazaki Beach, then visit Taketomi Submarine Hot Spring, then don't miss a visit to Nagomi Tower, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Taketomi-jima travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hakodate to Taketomi-jima in 8 hours. In September, Taketomi-jima is a bit warmer than Hakodate - with highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Ishigaki — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yurateiku Market and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's lots more to do: stroll around Kabira Park, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki vacation planner.

Ride a ferry from Taketomi-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:

Miyakojima — 3 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 Toguchi no Hama and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Relax by the water at Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, stop by Furusato, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island.

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

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Naha.
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Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

Naha — 3 nights

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.
On the 9th (Mon), browse the different shops at Ashibina Outlet Mall, appreciate the history behind Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and then look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fukushu-en Garden.

To find out how to plan a trip to Naha, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Naha in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Naha are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Yakushima-cho.
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Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Yakushima-cho — 2 nights

A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls and then don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa. On the next day, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, make a trip to Wilson Stump, and then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley.

Make your Yakushima-cho itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Yakushima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Naha in October: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel to Hiroshima.
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Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Hiroshima — 3 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Museum of Art and JMSDF Kure Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, catch a live event at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip app.

Do a combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, things will get slightly colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Yasugi.
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Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

Yasugi — 5 nights

Yasugi is a city located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan.As of March 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 38,875 and a population density of 92 persons per km². Step off the beaten path and head to Former Taisha Station and Mizuki Shigeru Museum. Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Adachi Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yasugi: The Mizuki Shigeru Road (in Sakaiminato), Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine (in Oda) and Matsue (Yuushien Garden, Matsue Castle, &more). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Daikon Island, stop by Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center, enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, and get outside with Akiya Beach.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yasugi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Yasugi takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:

Japan travel guide

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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.
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