32 days in Japan Itinerary

32 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Fly
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 2 nights
Train to Yamatoyagi, Taxi to Koya-cho
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
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Train to Osaka Kansai, Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokashiki-son
— 2 nights
Drive to Naha Airport, Fly to Nakashibetsu Airport
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Shari-cho
— 3 nights
Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Shakotan-cho
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Shakotan-cho
— 1 night
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport

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Kyoto

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kennin-ji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

London, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Kyoto reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Ise

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, make a trip to Oharai-machi, observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, then take an in-depth tour of Jingu Chokokan Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, and finally get engrossed in the history at Sengukan.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ise tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Kyoto to Ise in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ise: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Koya-cho

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Sun), examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Koyasan Daimon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Koya-cho trip planner.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Ise to Koya-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Escape the urban bustle at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Iriomote Island. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ida no Hama Beach, head outdoors with Hoshisuna Beach, identify plant and animal life at Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakama-river Protected Region.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and ferry from Koya-cho to Iriomote-jima takes 8.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Iriomote-jima when traveling from Koya-cho in July, with lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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.
Get in touch with nature at Kondoi Beach and Sukuji Beach. Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement will appeal to history buffs. Spend 30th (Sat) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: get outside with Yonehara Beach, kick back and relax at Kaiji Beach, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki sightseeing planner.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In July in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
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 Nakanoshima Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Aragusuku Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Toguchi no Hama, get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima route planning website.

Fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Onna-son

— 4 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Sefa-Utaki and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Emerald Beach and Nirai Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Onna-son: Motobu-cho (Minnajima Island, Okichan Theater, &more), Nakijin Castle Ruins (in Nakijin-son) and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Manza Beach, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, appreciate the views at Valley of Gangala, and take in the exciting artwork at Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Onna-son tour itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 4.5 hours. August in Onna-son sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tokashiki-son.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Tokashiki-son

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): head off the coast to Zamami Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Furuzamami Beach, head outdoors with Kushibaru Beach, then head off the coast to Tokashiki-jima Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aharen Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Tokashiku Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokashiki-son itinerary planner.

You can drive from Onna-son to Tokashiki-son in 2.5 hours. August in Tokashiki-son sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 32°C at night. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Tokashiki-son

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Shari-cho

— 3 nights
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Visiting Shiretoko Goko Lake and Shiretoko National Park will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Shiretoko Peninsula. Venture out of the city with trips to Teshikaga-cho (Lake Mashu 3rd Observatory, Lake Mashu, &more). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, and get outside with Road to Heaven.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tokashiki-son to Shari-cho. Traveling from Tokashiki-son in August, things will get a bit cooler in Shari-cho: highs are around 26°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Shakotan-cho

— 1 night
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula, then stroll through Cape Kamui, and then kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Shakotan-cho trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shari-cho to Shakotan-cho. Traveling from Shari-cho in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Shakotan-cho, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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.