37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Miyakojima
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Naha
— 5 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Toyooka
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tokyo National Museum and Asakusa. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Omotesando. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo driving holiday tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Vancouver to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.
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Find places to stay Sep 22 — 27:

Miyakojima — 5 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 Aragusuku Beach and East Henna Cape. Relax by the water at Sunayama Beach and Nagamahama Beach Coast. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, head outdoors with Tomori Imugya Beach, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. In September, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 2:

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.
Cape Hirakubozaki and Ishigaki Yaima Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Yonehara Beach and Hoshisuna Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Pinaisara Falls (in Iriomote-jima) and Nakamoto Beach (in Kuro-shima). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Fusaki Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and stroll around Kabira Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip tool.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Naha.
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Naha — 5 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.
Head to Onna Station Nakayukui Market and Ashibina Outlet Mallfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and The Tower of Himeyuri. Explore Naha's surroundings by going to AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son), Furuzamami Beach (in Zamami-son) and Tokashiki-son (Aharen Beach & Tokashiku Beach). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, visit Yukura, contemplate the long history of Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, and get to know the fascinating history of Shurijo Castle.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Naha trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Naha takes 2.5 hours. October in Naha sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
Let the collections at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and JMSDF Kure Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yamato Museum and Mt. Misen. Step out of Hiroshima with an excursion to Miyajima in Hatsukaichi--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and catch a live event at MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Naha in October; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 26°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 6 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Dotombori District in Dotombori, approximately Dotombori away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Toyooka.
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Toyooka — 4 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Sand Museum and Amanohashidate. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himeji Castle and Takeda Castle Ruins. Explore Toyooka's surroundings by going to Ine no Funaya (in Ine-cho), Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore (in Iwami-cho) and Kyotango (Hamazume Beach & Hacchohama Kobama Beach). There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Toyooka travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Toyooka by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for slightly colder days in Toyooka, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Gokayama. Do some cultural sightseeing at D. T. Suzuki Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Sakai (Tojimbo Cliff & Maruoka Castle) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory & Wada House). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Toyooka to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (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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