36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Taketomi-jima
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Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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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

City of Lights

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: wander the streets 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.
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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.
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.
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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 get interesting insight from Tours.

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.
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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 East Henna Cape. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, head outdoors with Nagamahama Beach Coast, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Miyakojima road trip app.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Naha.
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Naha — 4 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.
Visit Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and Shurijo Castle for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Furuzamami Beach and Onna Station Nakayukui Market. Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son), Cape Manzamo (in Onna-son) and The Tower of Himeyuri (in Itoman). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Katsuren Castle Ruins, stop by Yukura, browse the different shops at Ashibina Outlet Mall, and make a trip to Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Naha online trip maker.

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Hiroshima.
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Yamato Museum. Visit Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Miyajima for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, see where the action happens at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip planning website.

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. In October, Hiroshima is slightly colder than Naha - with highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.
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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 Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Visit Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Dotombori to see Dotombori District about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.
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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.
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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 head outdoors with Hamazume Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Toyooka travel planner.

Traveling by car from Himeji to Toyooka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Himeji in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Toyooka, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Kanazawa.
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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 Oyama Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ainokura Gassho Community and Higashichaya Old Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Sakai (Maruoka Castle & Tojimbo Cliff). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa attractions planner.

You can drive from Toyooka to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch 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.
Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. Popular historic sites such as Imperial Palace and Tokyo Central Railway Station are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Yokohama Chinatown in Yokohama (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stop by Akihabara, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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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