23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
2
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Bus + Train:  7 h 15 min
3
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
4
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
5
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h 45 min
6
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Train + Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Boston

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 22nd (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip website .

Boston, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Boston to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in October, expect Hiroshima to be a bit warmer, temps between 73°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nagata Inakahama and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho road trip planner .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Yakushima-cho. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Takachiho Gorge and Daikanbo. Get a sense of the local culture at Amano Iwato Shrine and Takachiho Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takachiho-cho: Kusasenri (in Aso), Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura) and Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara and contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Takachiho-cho trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Takachiho-cho, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, Shirakawa Springs, Mt. Aso
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
On the 29th (Thu), enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach, then walk around Kabira Park, and then stroll through Yonehara Beach.

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Getting from Takachiho-cho to Ishigaki by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in October, expect Ishigaki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yonaha Maehama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. Get in touch with nature at Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima driving holiday planning app .

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2 hours. In October in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho travel planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Nachikatsura-cho by combination of flight and train takes about 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Miyakojima in November: high temperatures in Nachikatsura-cho hover around 64°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Highlights from your plan
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Chion-in Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Osaka Castle in Osaka (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto attractions website .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in November, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Ainokura Gassho Community. Let the collections at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Natadera Temple (in Komatsu) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, and see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa online tour itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Ainokura Gassho Community, Maruoka Castle, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

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