33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naha
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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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.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, visit a coastal fixture at Oganzaki Lighthouse, walk around Kabira Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki visit planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Ishigaki is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Ishigaki. In June, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Motobu-cho

— 2 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Nakijin Castle Ruins, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Tropical Dream Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): head outdoors with Mt. Yaedake, experience rural life at Aiai Farm, take in the views from Kouri Ohashi, then look for gifts at Farmer's Market Haisai! Yanbaru Market, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Ginoza Roadside Station.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho takes 5.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Motobu-cho can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Naha

— 3 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Change things up with these side-trips from Naha: Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son), Nanjo (Sangui & Sefa-Utaki) and Onna-son (Cape Manzamo & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, make a trip to Shrikinjocho Stone-Path Road, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clara Church.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Naha day trip planning app.

Drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. June in Naha sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 1 night

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 11th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sōfuku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, see the interesting displays at Dejima, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki journey builder website.

Getting from Naha to Nagasaki by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Naha in June, expect Nagasaki to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Osaka

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, indulge your taste buds at In Kanazawa House, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in June, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Yamanouchi-machi

— 2 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 23rd (Wed), fly down the slopes at Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, take in the pleasant sights at Shiga Kogen, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Yakebitaiyama Ski Area.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kanazawa to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, relax and rejuvenate at Arona Spa, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo vacation planner.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Sapporo

— 4 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church & Otaru Canal). There's much more to do: walk around Odori Park, wander the streets of Susukino, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, and take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sapporo online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, Sapporo is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 20°C and lows of 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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.