27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Cape Hirakubozaki, walk around Banna Park, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, and get great views at Cape Ongazaki.

For reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki driving holiday planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Ishigaki is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Ishigaki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Iriomote-jima

— 1 night
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): head off the coast to Iriomote Island and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
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Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at East Henna Cape and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, and snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
On the 5th (Sat), snap pictures at Kintaikyo Bridge and then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

Before you visit Hiroshima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Miyakojima in October, with highs in Hiroshima at 26°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Osaka

— 3 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Food Tours. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, admire the striking features of Shin Umeda City, and don't miss a visit to Umeda Sky Building.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Osaka route tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tenryuji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, make a trip to Gion, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planning tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Samurai Museum. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour planner.

Fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Nikko

— 3 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yudaki Falls and Yunoko Lake. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge, take in the views from Kinu Tateiwa Otsuribashi (Suspension bridge), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nikko trip planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Nikko hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then examine the collection at Hakone Ekiden Museum, and finally walk around Onshi Hakone Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, then explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, then visit Sengokuhara, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Cedar Trees of Hakone Old Road.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hakone-machi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Nikko to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nikko in October: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

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.