29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Ishigaki, Fly to Fukuoka, Bus to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Bus to Kumamoto, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kyoto

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tenryuji Temple and Toji. Visit Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Kyoto. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in March, with highs in Kyoto at 57°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seiganto-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho road trip planning site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in March since evenings lows in Nachikatsura-cho dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Ise

— 2 nights
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ise trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Nachikatsura-cho, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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 3rd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and then make a trip to Wilson Stump. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Ise to Yakushima-cho in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Ise in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Yakushima-cho: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Katsuren Castle Ruins and then steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, Head underground at Blue Cave, and then get to know the fascinating history of Zakimi Castle Ruins.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Onna-son road trip planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In April, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the views from Ikema Ohashi Bridge, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Sunayama Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and then make a trip to East Henna Cape.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Miyakojima route tool.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in April, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Nishi Pier. There's much more to do: stroll through Kondoi Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki online vacation maker.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 12th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, head off the coast to Iriomote Island.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima online holiday builder.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In April in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Takachiho-cho

— 2 nights
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.
On the 14th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Shirakawa Springs, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho route planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Takachiho-cho by combination of ferry, flight, and bus takes about 9 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in April, expect Takachiho-cho to be slightly colder, temps between 68°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zojo-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hozomon and Sengaku-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum, make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online travel route builder.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Tokyo by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Museums

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.