29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Onna-son
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
Drive to Memanbetsu Airport, Fly to San Francisco

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kyoto Insider Sake Experience and Kamogawa River. Change things up with a short trip to Dotombori District in Dotombori (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, and admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kyoto trip simple and quick.

San Francisco, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Kyoto is 17 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Kyoto reach 83°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get all the information you need at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, then don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho day trip planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Onna-son

— 2 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave, then make a trip to Cape Maeda, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, and then stroll through Emerald Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Onna-son trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In September, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 4 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 East Henna Cape and Sunayama Beach. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip planner.

Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonehara Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki. Next up on the itinerary: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and go for a walk through Cape Ongazaki.

To find photos and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planning app.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In October, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima holiday builder app.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Tokyo

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Samurai Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple.

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

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Tokyo in 6 hours. In October, Tokyo is little chillier than Iriomote-jima - with highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiretoko Misaki and Shiretoko Goko Lake. Go for a jaunt from Shari-cho to Rausu-cho to see Shiretoko Highway about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rausu, admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, stroll through Shiretoko Peninsula, and admire all the interesting features of Road to Heaven.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Shari-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get little chillier in Shari-cho: highs are around 57°F and lows about 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho

— 1 night
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
On the 20th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, enjoy breathtaking views from Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mashu.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Teshikaga-cho day trip site.

Traveling by car from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Teshikaga-cho can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks · Nature

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.