32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
1
Matsue
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Izumo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  5 h 15 min
4
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Kagoshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
7
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h 45 min
8
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
9
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
End: Tokyo

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adachi Museum of Art and Miho Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yaegaki Shrine and Seiganji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Taisha Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, and take a stroll through Mihonoseki.

Plan my trip to Matsue with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Tokyo to Matsue is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Izumo.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Suga Shrine, Adachi Museum of Art, Shinji Lake
Highlights from your plan
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Shimane Art Museum ©
Shimane Art Museum
Miho Shrine ©
Miho Shrine

3
nights
Izumo

Izumo ©
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Karakama Shrine. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Former Taisha Station and Kojindani Ruin. Explore Izumo's surroundings by going to Oda (Shimane Nature MUseum of Mt.Sambe Sahimel, Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Susa Shrine, admire the masterpieces at The Izumo Museum of Quilt Art, and don't miss a visit to Makuse Shrine Tachimushi Shrine.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Izumo trip itinerary planning website .

Izumo is just a short distance from Matsue. In April in Izumo, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Oda
Highlights from your plan
Former Taisha Station ©
Former Taisha Station
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Yamato Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at JMSDF Kure Museum and Peace Bell. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Itsukushima Shrine Torii) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima planner .

Drive from Izumo to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
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 8th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanoyasu Kawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Shirakawa Springs, then see the interesting displays at Seiwa Bunraku Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Josenji Temple, and finally take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shirakawa Springs, Seiwa Bunraku Museum, Josenji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

3
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chiran Peace Museum and Onsen Resorts. Get some cultural insight at Kirishima Shrine and Kirishima Open-Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kagoshima: Kareigawa Station (in Kirishima) and JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station (in Ibusuki). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, take in nature's colorful creations at Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park, stroll through Mt. Shiroyama, and make a trip to Sengan-en Garden.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Takachiho-cho to Kagoshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Kagoshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kirishima, Ibusuki, Chiran Peace Museum, Kirishima Open-Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park ©
Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park
Kirishima Open-Art Museum ©
Kirishima Open-Art Museum
Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Hirakubozaki and East Paisaji Ogoku. Explore hidden gems such as Tamatorizaki Observatory and Kondoi Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take some stellar pictures from Cape Ongazaki, stroll through Banna Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kagoshima to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kagoshima in April; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Taketomi-jima
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. There's still lots to do: make a trip to East Henna Cape, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse
Kouri Island ©
Kouri Island

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): make a trip to Daimonzaka, then admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Kajitorizaki, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho online route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Nachikatsura-cho takes 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Miyakojima in April, with highs in Nachikatsura-cho at 22°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Kajitorizaki
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

4
nights
Kyoto

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hikone Castle and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Explore hidden gems such as Tofuku-ji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, contemplate the long history of Yasaka Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation planner.

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Hikone Castle, Byodoin
Highlights from your plan
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Step off the beaten path and head to Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Takayama (Soyuji Temple, Higashiyama Walking Course, & more), Fukui City Griffis Museum (in Fukui) and Maruoka Castle (in Sakai). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kinkengu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shofukaku Garden, and see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa vacation maker .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 8°C. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Takayama, Nanto, Fukui City Griffis Museum, Kinkengu Shrine, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

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