29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shimoda
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oya History Museum and Yudaki Falls. Get some cultural insight at Taiyuimbyo Shrine and Yunoko Lake. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Senjogahara Field, stroll around Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nikko attractions app.

Helsinki, Finland to Nikko is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Helsinki to Nikko, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Helsinki in August, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Nikko: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Shimoda

— 1 night
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
On the 24th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Yumigahama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tatadohama Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shirahama Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Shimoda online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Shimoda takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shimoda

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Western Art will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Senso-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Shimoda to Tokyo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore hidden gems such as Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple. Gokayama and Oyama Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory (in Shirakawa-mura) and Suganuma Gassho Community (in Nanto). There's much more to do: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Dotombori District in Dotombori, approximately Dotombori away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and visit Gion.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip website.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, then examine the collection at Yamato Museum, and then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel route website.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Toguchi no Hama, enjoy the sand and surf at Nakanoshima Beach, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima holiday builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 5.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in September: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls and then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach. On your second day here, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, then explore and take pictures at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Ishigaki travel route builder app.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In September in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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.