30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly + Drive:  26 h
1
Shinkamigoto-cho, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
2
Goto, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h 30 min
3
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Matsue
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  7 h
6
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Train:  8 h 15 min
7
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  7 h
8
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
9
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
10
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Stockholm

3
nights
Shinkamigoto-cho, Nagasaki Prefecture

Shinkamigoto-cho ©
Step out of the city life by going to Hamagurihama Beach and Takaitabi Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Kashigarashima Church and Christian Cave.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Shinkamigoto-cho road trip planning website .

Stockholm, Sweden to Shinkamigoto-cho is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Stockholm in September, expect nights in Shinkamigoto-cho to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Goto.

Things to do in Shinkamigoto-cho

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Aosagaura Church ©
Aosagaura Church
Hamagurihama Beach ©
Hamagurihama Beach
Fukumi Catholic Church ©
Fukumi Catholic Church

2
nights
Goto, Nagasaki Prefecture

Goto ©
Get outdoors at Osezaki Dangai and Tontomari Beach. Old Gorin Church and Mizunoura Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

Planning Goto trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shinkamigoto-cho to Goto. In September, daily temperatures in Goto can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Goto

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Takahama Beach ©
Takahama Beach
Onidake Volcanic Mountain ©
Onidake Volcanic Mountain
Mizunoura Church ©
Mizunoura Church

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wilson Stump and Oko no Taki Fall. Escape the urban bustle at Yakusugi Land and Tachudake. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Goto to Yakushima-cho. Traveling from Goto in September, expect nights in Yakushima-cho to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 12th (Wed): examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bay Side Beach Saka.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planning tool .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kure, Bay Side Beach Saka
Highlights from your plan
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, then take in nature's colorful creations at Adachi Museum of Art, and finally explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Mizuki Shigeru Museum, steep yourself in history at The Mizuki Shigeru Road, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, and finally explore the activities along Shinji Lake.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Matsue trip planner .

Drive from Hiroshima to Matsue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Matsue sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Izumo, Sakaiminato, Adachi Museum of Art, Shinji Lake
Highlights from your plan
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Art Museum ©
Shimane Art Museum
Mizuki Shigeru Museum ©
Mizuki Shigeru Museum

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Shiretoko Nature Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum and Abashiri Prison Museum. Take a break from Shari-cho with a short trip to Lake Mashu in Teshikaga-cho, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Shiretoko Beach, admire the sheer force of Oshin Koshin Falls, explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, and identify plant and animal life at Shiretoko Peninsula.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Shari-cho trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Matsue to Shari-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Matsue in September; daily highs in Shari-cho reach 22°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Abashiri, Shiretoko Peninsula, Lake Mashu
Highlights from your plan
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall
Shiretoko Peninsula ©
Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Beach ©
Shiretoko Beach

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Higashiyama Walking Course. Get a sense of the local culture at Takayama Jinya and Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Get out of town with these interesting Takayama side-trips: Matsumoto (Norikura Kogen, Taisho Pond, & more). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Shinhotaka Ropeway.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Takayama holiday maker website .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Shari-cho to Takayama in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shari-cho in September; daily highs in Takayama reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takayama

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Matsumoto, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Highlights from your plan
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Taisho Pond ©
Taisho Pond
Myojin Pond
Myojin Pond

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
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 Aragusuku Beach and Yabiji. Get outdoors at Toguchi no Hama and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, stroll through Sunayama Beach, and don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima tour builder website .

Getting from Takayama to Miyakojima by combination of train and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Takayama in September; daily highs in Miyakojima reach 36°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iriomote Island and Hoshisuna Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Pinaisara Falls and Funauki Village. There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, stroll through Ida no Hama Beach, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip maker app .

Getting from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima by combination of flight and ferry takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Kaiji Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kondoi Beach, then contemplate the long history of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Kaiji Beach ©
Kaiji Beach

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