29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Shimoda
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo online holiday planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in August, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Shimoda

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shimoda: Inatori Ukiuki Beach (in Higashiizu-cho), Nishiizu-cho (Futo Beach & Otago Beach) and Minamiizu-cho (Hirizo Beach & Okuiro Beach). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the activities along Iritahama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Imaihama Beach, and see the interesting displays at Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Shimoda online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tokyo to Shimoda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Shimoda sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and stroll around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shimoda to Kanazawa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Shimoda in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and visit Gion.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto journey tool.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka

— 3 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotombori District, make a trip to Kuromon Market, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Osaka online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel route site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Motobu-cho

— 3 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Motobu-cho: Nago citizen Beach (in Nago) and Onna-son (Scuba & Snorkeling, Blue Cave, &more). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, head outdoors with Anchihama, kick back and relax at Minna Beach, and meet the residents at Okichan Theater.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Motobu-cho day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Motobu-cho are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, walk around Kabira Park, and get outside with Ocean Club.

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Getting from Motobu-cho to Ishigaki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.