32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

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Fly to New Chitose, Train to Kutchan-cho
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Kutchan-cho
— 3 nights
Train to New Chitose, Fly to Matsumoto
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Hakuba-mura
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ito
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Yakushima
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 3 nights
Bus to Fukuoka, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Tokyo Haneda

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Kutchan-cho

— 3 nights
Kutchan-cho's reputation rests on two things: skiing and potatoes.
Get some cultural insight at Tomioka Catholic Church and Kutchan Natural History Museum. Escape the urban bustle at White Isle Niseko and Nitonupuri. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Hokkaido Backcountry Club, appreciate the history behind Lieutenant Lerch Statue, hit the slopes at Asahigaoka Ski Areas, and deepen your understanding at Niseko Kids Club.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kutchan-cho online vacation planner.

Tokyo to Kutchan-cho is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: highs in Kutchan-cho hover around 1°C, while lows dip to -1°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kutchan-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Hakuba-mura

— 4 nights
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Step off the beaten path and head to Togakushi Ski Area and Nunobiki Kannon. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Himegawa Headwaters Natural Garden and Wadano no Mori Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hakuba-mura: Goryudake (in Omachi), Hotel Tateyama / Tateyama transmural light Terminal Co., Ltd. (in Tateyama-machi) and Shiga Kogen (in Yamanouchi-machi). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Hakuba Lion Adventure, snap pictures at Hakuba Ohashi Bridge, hike along Shi no Komichi, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kitaone Kogen Highland.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kutchan-cho to Hakuba-mura in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kutchan-cho in March: high temperatures in Hakuba-mura hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Ito.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Ito

— 3 nights
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Get some cultural insight at Izu Highland Stained Glass Museum and Ikeda museum of 20th century art. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ura Desert and Izu Oceanic Park Diving Center - I.O.P.. Get out of town with these interesting Ito side-trips: Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Tokyo Metropolitan Oshima Park Tsubaki Museum (in Oshima-machi). There's lots more to do: trek along Jogasaki Beach Picnical Course, don't miss a visit to Hashidate Tsuribashi, go for a walk through Matsukawa Yuhodo, and explore the striking landscape at Izu Highlands.

Before you visit Ito, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Ito takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ito when traveling from Hakuba-mura in April, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ito

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yasakanoto and Nenenokomichi. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoshinji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Daitoku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Shogunzuka Seiryuden Temple, and admire the striking features of Nanzenji Suirokaku.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online route maker.

You can take a train from Ito to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Ito in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mitaki Temple and Honkawa Peace Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Former Naval Academy and Paddle Park. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Sankeien in Mihara, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, snap pictures at Aioi Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Yakusugi Museum, admire the sheer force of Janokuchinotaki Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake, then see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tachudake. On your second day here, make a trip to Yahazu Cape, delve into the distant past at Ruins of Kosugidani Village, and then take in the views from Kosugidani Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho road trip site.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hiroshima in April since evenings lows in Yakushima-cho dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Takachiho-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Omi Shrine and Kushifuru Shrine. Step off the beaten path and head to Chinda Fall and Mt.Sobo. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, identify plant and animal life at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, take in the dramatic scenery at Tatsugaiwa Water Fall, and don't miss a visit to Tunnel Station.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Takachiho-cho trip builder website.

You can do a combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Takachiho-cho, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Yabiji. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marine Leisure Sports of Shigira Beach House and Miyakojima City Museum. There's much more to do: get outside with Sea Sky Hakuai, examine the collection at Miyakojima Sea Treasure Museum, admire the masterpieces at Keiko Art Museunin Miyakojima, Okinawa, and contemplate the long history of Uibya Mountain Site.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima online holiday planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima in 8 hours. In April, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than Takachiho-cho - with highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nosoko Mape and Nawa Insect Museum Haimurubushi. Escape the urban bustle at Hairumubushi Beach and Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble. Venture out of the city with trips to Kubazaki Beach (in Kohama-jima) and Kuro-shima (Iko Pier & Nakamoto Beach). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, explore the fascinating underground world of Ibaruma Sabichi Cave, and kick back and relax at Shiraho Beach.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In April in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Mizuochi Falls, identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, then identify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, then don't miss a visit to Nakama-river Protected Region, and finally steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Kanpiree Waterfall, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then head outdoors with Todomari Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.