32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hatsukaichi
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Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
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Iwami-cho
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Tokyo

— 6 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.
Get some cultural insight at Odaiba District and Tokyo National Museum. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, stroll around Ueno Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Marseille, France to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step out of the city life by going to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. Relax by the water at Toguchi no Hama and Nagamahama Beach Coast. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, get outside with Nagakita Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in April, expect Miyakojima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Akashi Beach. Visit Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Shiraho Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, trek along Nosoko Forest Road, and take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi

— 2 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): head outdoors with Mikasahama Beach and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. On your second day here, get outside with Paddle Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ishigaki to Hatsukaichi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Ishigaki in April, things will get little chillier in Hatsukaichi: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Iwami-cho

— 3 nights
Visit Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore and Higashihama Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Uradome Seacoast Marine Park and Uradome Coast. Venture out of the city with trips to Hakuto Beach (in Tottori) and Iwai Falls (in Kagamino-cho).

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Iwami-cho trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Hatsukaichi to Iwami-cho takes 5 hours. When traveling from Hatsukaichi in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Iwami-cho: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Osaka

— 5 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.
Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Step out of the city life by going to Nara Park and Japan Tour Adventure in Nara. Venture out of the city with trips to Amore Beach (in Akashi), Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and stop by Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Osaka tour website.

You can drive from Iwami-cho to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Iwami-cho in April, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 7 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hero Tour Japan and Ume Sakura. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Gion, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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.