29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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29 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Train + Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
2
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  6​h 30​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h
6
Onna-son
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1​h 30​min
8
Taketomi-jima
— 2 nights
Travel:  6​h 45​min
9
Hateruma-jima
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
10
Kyoto
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  18​h 15​min
End: Bristol

3
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 historical perspective at Tokyo National Museum and Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura). Get a sense of the local culture at Senso-ji Temple and Edo-Tokyo Museum. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Sankeien Gardens in Yokohama, approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), shop like a local with Asakusa, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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Bristol, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sankeien Gardens, Kōtoku-in
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

3
nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Shiretoko Beach and Lake Mashu. Go for a jaunt from Shari-cho to Teshikaga-cho to see Mt. Io about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Abashiri Quasi-National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Shari-cho tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Shari-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Shari-cho reach 16°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Teshikaga-cho, Shiretoko Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyajima, and then stroll through Mikasahama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Hatsukaichi trip maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Shari-cho to Hatsukaichi takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Shari-cho in October, with highs in Hatsukaichi at 26°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hiroshima
Highlights from your plan
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Visiting Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution and Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach will get you outdoors. Himeji Castle and Chinatown (Nankinmachi) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Kobe (Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), Arima Onsen, & more). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden and don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Kobe, Ashiya Comprehensive Park Ashiya Beach
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Isso Beach and Nagata Inakahama. Step out of the city life by going to Yakusugi Land and Janokuchinotaki Falls. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Wilson Stump.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Himeji to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Traveling from Himeji in October, expect nights in Yakushima-cho to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

2
nights
Onna-son

Onna-son ©
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): kick back and relax at Nirai Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Manza Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Cape Manzamo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kariyushi Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Beach.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Onna-son trip maker tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, ferry, flight, and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Onna-son are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nirai Beach, Emerald Beach
Highlights from your plan
Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo
Nirai Beach ©
Nirai Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
We've included these beaches for you: Yonaha Maehama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Step out of the city life by going to Sunayama Beach and Painagama Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tomori Imugya Beach, take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and explore the striking landscape at Boraga Limestone Cave.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Taketomi-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

2
nights
Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, and then stroll through Banna Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaiji Beach, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Taketomi-jima travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Taketomi-jima in 1.5 hours. In October in Taketomi-jima, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Hateruma-jima.

Things to do in Taketomi-jima

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ishigaki, Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay

1
day
Hateruma-jima

Hateruma-jima ©
On the 2nd (Fri), appreciate the history behind Monument of The Southernmost Part of Japn, kick back and relax at Pemuchi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Nishihama Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hateruma-jima trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Taketomi-jima to Hateruma-jima. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hateruma-jima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Nishihama Beach ©
Nishihama Beach

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nijo-jo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, and make a trip to Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho).

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hateruma-jima to Kyoto. Traveling from Hateruma-jima in November, you will find days in Kyoto are little chillier (19°C), and nights are much colder (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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