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

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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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.
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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 Yurateiku Market. Get some cultural insight at Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village. Explore Ishigaki's surroundings by going to Iriomote-jima (Pinaisara Falls & Hoshisuna Beach). And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, walk around Kabira Park, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ishigaki driving holiday planner.

Traveling by ferry from Taketomi-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. September in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight 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 Toguchi no Hama. 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 Sefa-Utaki 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: Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son) and Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market & Cape Manzamo). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, stop by Yukura, browse the different shops at Ashibina Outlet Mall, and get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle.

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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Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:

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 Atomic Bomb Dome for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure), Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and catch a live event at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip app.

You can 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. Traveling from Naha in October, things will get little chillier in Hiroshima: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.
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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 Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Visit Nijo Castle and Toji for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Dotombori to see Dotombori District about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Gion, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

Plan trip to Kyoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Himeji.
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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.
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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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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 Oyama Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ainokura Gassho Community and Maruoka Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Tojimbo Cliff (in Sakai), Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui) and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, 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.
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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 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.

Make your Tokyo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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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Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

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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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