32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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32 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Train:  2 h 30 min
1
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  6 h 45 min
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4 h
5
Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
6
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
7
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Train:  5 h 15 min
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Izumo
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
10
Matsue
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
11
Kamakura
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
End: Tokyo

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory and Gokayama. Get a sense of the local culture at Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Nanto (Iwase Family & Ainokura Gassho Community), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & Kanda house) and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Yasue Hachimangu, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shofukaku Garden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa online trip builder .

Tokyo to Kanazawa is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in March, things will get slightly colder in Kanazawa: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Tofuku-ji Temple and Byodoin. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto visit planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Byodoin
Highlights from your plan
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Walking tours

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the activities along Kajitorizaki, then make a trip to Daimonzaka, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho journey maker .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Nachikatsura-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

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

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sunayama Beach and Kurima Bridge. There's still lots to do: make a trip to East Henna Cape, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, stroll through Yonaha Maehama Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Nachikatsura-cho to Miyakojima in 7 hours. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, things will get a bit warmer in Miyakojima: highs are around 29°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

3
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Nakano Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ida no Hama Beach, and make a trip to Funauki Village.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima travel planner .

Traveling by ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima takes 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Wasurenaishi ©
Wasurenaishi
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, stroll through Kondoi Beach, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, and get outside with Yarabudake.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. April in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Takachiho Shrine and Amanoyasu Kawara. Do some cultural sightseeing at Amano Iwato Shrine and Yujaku Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Daikanbo (in Aso) and Taketa (Oka Castle Ruins, Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Takachiho-cho tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Ishigaki to Takachiho-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in April; daily highs in Takachiho-cho reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Taketa, Mt. Aso, Daikanbo, Yujaku Park
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Daishoin Temple. Yamato Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Itsukushima Shrine Torii (in Hatsukaichi) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Izumo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Izumo

Izumo ©
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Get some cultural insight at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse. Step off the beaten path and head to Former Taisha Station and Karakama Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Izumo: Oda (Shimane Nature MUseum of Mt.Sambe Sahimel, Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hinomisaki Shrine, explore the world behind art at The Izumo Museum of Quilt Art, explore the ancient world of Kojindani Ruin, and make a trip to Makuse Shrine Tachimushi Shrine.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Izumo trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Hiroshima to Izumo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Izumo, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

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
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adachi Museum of Art and Tamatsukuriyu Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yaegaki Shrine and Shimane Art Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Matsue side-trips: Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography (in Hoki-cho), Mizuki Shigeru Museum (in Sakaiminato) and Daisen (in Daisen-cho). There's more to do: explore the activities along Shinji Lake and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sada Shrine.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Matsue online journey planner .

Matsue is very close to Izumo. In April in Matsue, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art, Mizuki Shigeru Museum, Daisen, Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography
Highlights from your plan
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Shimane Art Museum ©
Shimane Art Museum
Kumano Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Taisha Shrine

1
night
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 30th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kencho-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, and finally step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kamakura vacation maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Matsue to Kamakura in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Matsue in April, you will find days in Kamakura are little chillier (17°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Enoshima Island
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

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