24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Toyooka
— 1 night
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 1 night
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Asahikawa
— 2 nights
Train to New Chitose, Fly to Hakodate
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Taketomi-jima
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Taketomi-jima
— 1 night
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly
10
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Drive
11
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive
12
Minamitane-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly

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Hiroshima

— 2 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Peace Bell and MAZDA Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip planner.

Krakow, Poland to Hiroshima is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Krakow to Hiroshima. Traveling from Krakow in October, expect nights in Hiroshima to be much hotter, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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 9th (Sun), soak in some Japanese tradition at Gosho no Yu and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Kinosaki Onsen.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Toyooka itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Toyooka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Toyooka, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Toyooka

Spas · Baths · Historic Sites

Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then get to know the fascinating history of Shirakabe Dozogai, then steep yourself in history at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then stop by Harada Sake Brewery, and then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Toyooka to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ise

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 12th (Wed), make a trip to Okage Yokocho and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ise using our trip planner.

Drive from Takayama to Ise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takayama in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Ise. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites

Shari-cho

— 3 nights
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shiretoko Beach and Kaminoko Pond. Step out of Shari-cho to go to Kiyosato-cho and see Sakura Falls, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Shiretoko Peninsula, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho travel route builder tool.

Getting from Ise to Shari-cho by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Ise in October, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Shari-cho: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Asahikawa.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Asahikawa

— 2 nights
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
On the 16th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkaido Gokoku Shrine, get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shirogane Blue Pond. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka and then take in nature's colorful creations at Farm Tomita.

To see reviews and tourist information, go to the Asahikawa online route planner.

You can drive from Shari-cho to Asahikawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Shari-cho in October, you will find days in Asahikawa are little chillier (10°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Asahikawa

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): let the kids burn off some steam at Miharashi Park (Kosetsuen), admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Motomachi Catholic Church, and finally steep yourself in history at The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hakodate tour itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of train and flight from Asahikawa to Hakodate in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Asahikawa in October: highs in Hakodate hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 9°C. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Fun & Games

Taketomi-jima

— 1 night
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 20th (Thu): examine the collection at Taketomi Folk Art Museum, kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, then visit Taketomi Submarine Hot Spring, then don't miss a visit to Nagomi Tower, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Taketomi-jima travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hakodate to Taketomi-jima takes 8 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Hakodate in October: high temperatures in Taketomi-jima hover around 34°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Ishigaki

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Cape Ongazaki.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki travel itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Taketomi-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Nagasaki

— 1 night

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 23rd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and then stroll through Glover Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Nagasaki in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in October, expect Nagasaki to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Takachiho-cho

— 1 night
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Manai Falls.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Takachiho-cho in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Minamitane-cho.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Minamitane-cho

— 1 night
On the 25th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Takezaki Seacoast.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Minamitane-cho trip website.

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Minamitane-cho in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Minamitane-cho, with lows of 23°C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Minamitane-cho

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
On the 26th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and then stroll through Sandaisugi. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Taikoiwa, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Miyanouradake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Minamitane-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.