32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
4
Onna-son
— 4 nights
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
7
Kyoto
— 5 nights
8
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
10
Tokyo
— 4 nights

3
nights
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 Kondoi Beach and Nosoko Mape. Visiting Yonehara Beach and Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, walk around Banna Park, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki online sightseeing planner.

Berlin, Germany to Ishigaki is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Berlin to Ishigaki. April in Ishigaki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get outside with Hoshisuna Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima travel route planner.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

3
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
We've included these beaches for you: Sunayama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Visiting Aragusuku Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima vacation planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Miyakojima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

4
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Sefa-Utaki and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Manza Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Onna-son side-trips: Nanjo (Valley of Gangala, Kudakajima Island, &more), Itoman (The Tower of Himeyuri & Okinawa Peace Memorial Park) and Nakijin-son (Kouri Beach & Nakijin Castle Ruins). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Katsuren Castle Ruins, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, don't miss a visit to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clara Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Onna-son trip builder tool.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Miyakojima in April since evenings lows in Onna-son dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nanjo, Naha, Itoman, Motobu-cho, Nakijin-son
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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 18th (Sat): make a trip to Taikoiwa, thentake in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, thendon't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, and finally get outside with Nagata Inakahama. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and then explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho trip maker tool.

Getting from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Itsukushima Shrine and Daishoin Temple. Appreciate the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Yamato Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Senjokaku (in Hatsukaichi) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hiroshima when traveling from Yakushima-cho in April, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Tobishima Kaido
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

5
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 a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Kodai-ji Temple and Sunset Owl Cafe. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan (in Uji), Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Gion, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, Osaka, Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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 28th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nachikatsura-cho trip maker site.

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 April, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Nachikatsura-cho. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Nomura Family Samurai House. Step off the beaten path and head to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Maruoka Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Sairin-ji Temple (in Hakusan) and Gokayama (in Nanto). There's much more to do: examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Maruoka Castle, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

4
nights
Tokyo

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Zojo-ji Temple and Senso-ji Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Odaiba District, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around °C. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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