34 days in Japan Itinerary

34 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Takayama
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Tokyo Haneda
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Fly

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Takayama

— 2 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Higashiyama Walking Course and Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory. Appreciate the collections at Takayama Showa Museum and Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato). Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Nagase house, &more). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, and admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya.

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Vancouver, Canada to Takayama is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in October, expect Takayama to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

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 17th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Jingu Chokokan Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, see the interesting displays at Okageza, then steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium.

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Traveling by car from Takayama to Ise takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Takayama in October since evenings lows in Ise dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Arashiyama. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kinkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji Temple. Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple.

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Getting from Ise to Kyoto by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in October, expect little chillier with lows of 18°C in Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koyasan Okunoin and Izanagi Shrine. Himeji Castle and Osaka Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Kobe), Himeji (Koko-en & Nishi no Maru) and Koya-cho (Kumagai-ji Temple, Koyasan Danjo Garan, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Dotombori District, admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, and stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka holiday planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Osaka are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

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 28th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visit Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aragusuku Beach and Nakanoshima Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, head off the coast to Kouri Island, make a trip to East Henna Cape, and snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip site.

Getting from Hiroshima to Miyakojima by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Miyakojima: highs are around 33°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · 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.
Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kondoi Beach and Sukuji Beach. Spend 5th (Fri) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally get outside with Todomari Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

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.
Asakusa Shrine and Hase-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Tokyo National Museum and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Ueno District, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online holiday maker.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Tokyo takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in November, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are colder (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Nikko

— 3 nights
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls, admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, then explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, and finally steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate), contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, then stroll through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kammangafuchi Gorge, and finally don't miss a visit to Nikko Station.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko online attractions planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.