27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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27 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  32​h
1
Miyakojima
— 1 night
Ferry:  4​h
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1​h
3
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  5​h 15​min
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Matsue
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Train:  3​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
9
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Sao Paulo

1
night
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 13th (Sun), kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, snap pictures at Irabu Bridge, then snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and finally stroll through Yonaha Maehama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Miyakojima is an approximately 32-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Miyakojima, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in October, Miyakojima is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 15th (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip maker tool .

You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Kondoi Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site, and look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki travel planning app .

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima online travel route planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in October; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 26°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
On the 22nd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Matsue Castle, then stop by Rihaku Shuzo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, and finally admire the masterpieces at Adachi Museum of Art. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Karakama Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and finally don't miss a visit to Former Taisha Station.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsue online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Matsue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Matsue are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Maiko Antiques Kyoto. Get a sense of the local culture at Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip builder .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Matsue to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Dotonbori
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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 27th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Wada House, contemplate the long history of Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, look for gifts at Curnontue, then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Hida Takayama Retro Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Takayama road trip planning app .

Drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in October, you will find days in Takayama are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 29th (Tue), examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then contemplate the long history of Kita Family House, and finally take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. On the next day, browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, wander the streets of Gokayama, then steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa itinerary maker site .

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Nanto, Kita Family House, Natadera Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Highlights from your plan
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

6
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sensō-ji and Minato Mirai 21. Step off the beaten path and head to Pola Museum of Art and Samurai Museum. Change things up with a short trip to The Hakone Open-Air Museum in Hakone-machi (about 2 hours away). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Asakusa, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Minato Mirai 21
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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