36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Taketomi-jima
2
Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
3
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
4
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
8
Himeji
— 1 night
Drive
9
Toyooka
— 1 night
Drive
10
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly
11
Tokyo
— 4 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Motomachi Catholic Church and then get to know the fascinating history of Onuma Park Walking Path. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Motomachi, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church, then steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hakodate journey website.

Vancouver, Canada to Hakodate is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Hakodate, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in September; daily highs in Hakodate reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Taketomi-jima.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Nagomi Tower, then get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, then examine the collection at Taketomi Folk Art Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kubazaki Beach.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Taketomi-jima online trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Hakodate to Taketomi-jima in 8 hours. Traveling from Hakodate in September, expect Taketomi-jima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yonehara Beach and Ishigaki Yaima Village. Venture out of the city with trips to Iriomote-jima (Pinaisara Falls & Hoshisuna Beach). And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Ishigaki vacation app.

Ride a ferry from Taketomi-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Miyakojima.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:

Miyakojima — 4 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Head to Atarasu Ichiba and Furusatofor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Maja Beach, stroll through Yonaha Maehama Beach, and take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In October in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Naha.
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Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

Naha — 4 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.
Visit Sefa-Utaki and Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Furuzamami Beach and The Tower of Himeyuri. Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman), Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market & Cape Manzamo) and Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins, stop by Yukura, browse the different shops at Ashibina Outlet Mall, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Shurijo Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Naha holiday planning site.

Fly from Miyakojima to Naha in 2.5 hours. October in Naha sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Hiroshima.
Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:

Hiroshima — 3 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Visit Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Miyajima for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kure (Yamato Museum & JMSDF Kure Museum) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and see where the action happens at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip maker.

Getting from Naha to Hiroshima by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Naha in October, with highs in Hiroshima at 26°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

Kyoto — 5 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 Toji. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Dotombori to see Dotombori District about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, stop by Arashiyama, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:

Himeji — 1 night

The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Himeji journey planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Himeji are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Toyooka.
Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:

Toyooka — 1 night

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.
On the 18th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Izushi Castle Town, kick back and relax at Hacchohama Kobama Beach, and then stroll through Hamazume Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Toyooka online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Toyooka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Himeji in October, plan for little chillier nights in Toyooka, with lows around 17°C. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kanazawa.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

Kanazawa — 4 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Maruoka Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ainokura Gassho Community and Oyama Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura) and Tojimbo Cliff (in Sakai). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planning tool.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
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Find places to stay Oct 19 — 23:

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.
Shop till you drop at Ginza and Yokohama Chinatown. Popular historic sites such as Imperial Palace and Tokyo Central Railway Station are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

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.