32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Naha
— 3 nights
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kagoshima
— 1 night
Train
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, stroll around Banna Park, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Ishigaki travel itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ishigaki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in March: highs in Ishigaki hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

3
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Naha

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Get out of town with these interesting Naha side-trips: American Village (in Chatan-cho), Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo) and Onna-son (Blue Cave, Cape Manzamo, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Makishi Public Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Naminoue Beach, and stop by Yacchi & Moon.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Naha itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Naha in 3.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Naha are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
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Motobu-cho

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at Yaedake Bakery, then take in panoramic vistas at Kouri Ocean Tower, then snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, and finally don't miss a visit to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins, then stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, and finally meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

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Traveling by car from Naha to Motobu-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Naha in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Motobu-cho, with lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

1
night
Kagoshima

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
On the 10th (Thu), make a trip to Sengan-en, don't miss a visit to Saigo Takamori’s hideout, enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, then pause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue, and finally don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kagoshima online tour builder.

You can fly from Motobu-cho to Kagoshima in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Motobu-cho in March: high temperatures in Kagoshima hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites

2
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Nagasaki

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, then steep yourself in history at Kapitan Room, then examine the collection at Dejima, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofukuji Temple, take in the views from Megane Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sōfuku-ji Temple, then stop by Ishimaru Bunkoudou, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa, and finally make a trip to Hamamachi Arcade (Hamanmachi Shopping Street).

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nagasaki trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. March in Nagasaki sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

2
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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 13th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

4
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Osaka

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: Himeji (Nishi no Maru, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, get a dose of the wild on IN KANAZAWA HOUSE, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip maker website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, indulge in some personalized pampering at ARONA SPA, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary app.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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.