30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner
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Fly
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Taketomi-jima
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Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
6
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa — 5 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Gokayama are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore D. T. Suzuki Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Sakai (Tojimbo Cliff & Maruoka Castle), Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory & Wada House) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Tsuzumi Gate, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, and steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa travel itinerary planner.

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. Traveling from Vancouver in September, expect Kanazawa to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 4 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 Nijo Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Toji. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Dotombori to see Dotombori District about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and visit Arashiyama.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima — 3 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 3rd (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima holiday tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Taketomi-jima.
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Taketomi-jima — 2 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 6th (Fri): head outdoors with Kaiji Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Nagomi Tower, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, then examine the collection at Taketomi Folk Art Museum, and finally get outside with Kubazaki Beach.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Taketomi-jima visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hiroshima to Taketomi-jima in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Taketomi-jima: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.
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Ishigaki — 5 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.
Relax by the water at Yonehara Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Hirakubozaki and Pinaisara Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Nakamoto Beach in Kuro-shima (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: get active on the water at Fusaki Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, and take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki tour builder site.

Ride a ferry from Taketomi-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.
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Miyakojima — 5 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Toguchi no Hama and Tomori Imugya Beach. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, kick back and relax at Sawada no hama Beach, get outside with Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, and take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip maker website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Tokyo.
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tokyo National Museum and Omotesando. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, visit Odaiba District, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Miyakojima in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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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