32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 1 night
Drive
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive to Komatsu Airport / JASDF Komatsu Air Base, Fly to Santiago

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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Samurai Museum. Get some cultural insight at Zojo-ji Temple and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and visit Odaiba District.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder site.

Santiago, Chile to Tokyo is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Santiago to Tokyo, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ida no Hama Beach, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then head off the coast to Iriomote Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nakama-river Protected Region.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Tokyo to Iriomote-jima in 6 hours. While traveling from Tokyo, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Iriomote-jima, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Ishigaki

— 4 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.
Do your shopping at Nei Museum of Art and Yurateiku Market. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Island Countryside Settlement. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, stroll around Kabira Park, admire all the interesting features of Cape Hirakubozaki, and examine the collection at MInsah Kogei Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki online trip itinerary maker.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Toguchi no Hama will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Ikema-jima Island. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, stroll through Aragusuku Beach, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yakusugi Land.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Miyakojima to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Miyakojima in March; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Osaka.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Osaka

— 4 nights
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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Otsuka Museum of Art and Kofuku-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Izanagi Shrine (in Awaji), Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Nara Park, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip planning app.

You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Yakushima-cho in March; daily highs in Osaka reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kinkaku-ji and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; 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 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, then explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Ichimai-iwa.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho day trip website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Ise

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 30th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Oharai-machi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ise trip planner.

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ise: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites

Shirakawa-mura

— 2 nights
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Kanda house, contemplate the long history of Wada House, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Shirakawa-mura trip planning site.

Getting from Ise to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ise in March since evenings lows in Shirakawa-mura dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums

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.