35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

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35 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kingston
Fly + Bus:  22 h 15 min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
2
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Bus + Train:  7 h 15 min
3
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h
4
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
5
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4 h
6
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h 45 min
7
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
9
Sapporo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
10
Shari-cho
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
11
Tokyo
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  17 h 30 min
End: Kingston

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 1st (Fri): take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, then see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning site .

Kingston, Canada to Hiroshima is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Kingston to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kingston in October: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 26°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kure, Kintaikyo Bridge, Senjokaku
Highlights from your plan
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Taikoiwa. Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Yakusugi Land. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall and don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip site .

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in November; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 24°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Wilson Stump ©
Wilson Stump
Jōmon Sugi ©
Jōmon Sugi

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Step off the beaten path and head to Daikanbo and Manai Falls. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, get impressive views of Mt. Aso, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, and explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho road trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, expect Takachiho-cho to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Daikanbo, Mt. Aso
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Manai Falls ©
Manai Falls
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

3
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Kondoi Beach. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, make a trip to Cape Ongazaki, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach, and stroll around Banna Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip planning tool .

Fly from Takachiho-cho to Ishigaki in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in November, expect nights in Ishigaki to be much warmer, around 25°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima road trip planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about an hour. In November in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, take in the views from Irabu Bridge, and make a trip to East Henna Cape.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In November in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Imugya Marine Garden ©
Imugya Marine Garden

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Shomyo Waterfall. Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Nanto (Gokayama, Ainokura Gassho Community, & more) and Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, & more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, don't miss a visit to Hida Furukawa Old Town, and contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Takayama tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Miyakojima to Takayama in 7 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in November, things will get much colder in Takayama: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Shomyo Falls, Hida Furukawa Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Wine Tours & Tastings
Shomyo Falls ©
Shomyo Falls

3
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kurobe Dam and Norikura Kogen. Venture out of the city with trips to Tateyama-machi (Mikurigaike Pond & Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route) and Suwa Shrine (in Suwa). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Taisho Pond and explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Museum of Art.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto journey maker site .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Suwa Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Mikurigaike Pond
Mikurigaike Pond

3
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moerenuma Park and Lake Shikotsu. Go for a jaunt from Sapporo to Yoichi-cho to see Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, get outside with Mt. Okura Observatory, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo road trip planning site .

You can fly from Matsumoto to Sapporo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. While traveling from Matsumoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 6°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Shikotsu, Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Sapporo Art Museum ©
Sapporo Art Museum
Lake Shikotsu ©
Lake Shikotsu

1
night
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
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.
On the 27th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and then contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake.

Discover how to plan a Shari-cho trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sapporo to Shari-cho takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills) and Ueno. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Hama Rikyu Gardens, stroll around Meiji Jingu Gaien, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and see the interesting displays at Samurai Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo tour planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Shari-cho in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden ©
Hotel New Otani Japanese Garden
Happo-en Garden ©
Happo-en Garden

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