37 days in Japan Itinerary

37 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Shimoda
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Iwami-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Zamami-son
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Zamami-son
— 3 nights
Drive to Naha Airport, Fly to New Chitose Airport
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shakotan-cho
— 3 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Vienna International Airport

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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Shirasato Central Beach and Shirako Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Senso-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Odaiba District, shop like a local with Asakusa, visit Akihabara, and don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo visit planning website.

Vienna, Austria to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Tokyo is 8 hours. Traveling from Vienna in July, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Shimoda

— 3 nights
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
You'll get in some beach time at Tatadohama Beach and Iritahama Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Shimoda side-trips: Inatori Ukiuki Beach (in Higashiizu-cho), Otago Beach (in Nishiizu-cho) and Odoi Beach (in Izu). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Okuiro Beach, head outdoors with Ita Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mihamasaki Cape.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Shimoda driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Shimoda in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for little chillier days in Shimoda, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Nomura Family Samurai House will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Higashichaya Old Town and Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house & Wada House) and Amaharashi Coast (in Takaoka). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa sightseeing app.

You can drive from Shimoda to Kanazawa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Asahiyaki. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Matsue Swimming Beach (in Akashi) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unryuin, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Iwami-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Uradome Coast, then enjoy the sand and surf at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, then kick back and relax at Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Higashihama Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Anami Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tottori Sand Dunes, then kick back and relax at Hakuto Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Natsudomari Coast.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Iwami-cho online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Iwami-cho by car takes about 4 hours. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Iwami-cho, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kenmin no Hama (Hiroshima Prefectural Beach) and Mikasahama Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Castle. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Bay Side Beach Saka (in Saka-cho) and Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Iwami-cho to Hiroshima takes 5 hours. In July in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sunayama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach and get outside with Shigira Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Ishigaki

— 3 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Ishigaki: Kuro-shima (Fuki Beach & Nakamoto Beach) and Kubazaki Beach (in Kohama-jima). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Sukuji Beach, head outdoors with Akashi Beach, stop by Inafuku Shuhan Honten, and add some fun to your beach time Fusaki Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki holiday tool.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Zamami-son

— 3 nights
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get outside with Hizushi Beach, head outdoors with Aka Beach, get outside with Nishibama Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ibinume Shrine, then get outside with Furuzamami Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ama Beach. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Nagannu Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Gahijima Sand Dune, then kick back and relax at Kushibaru Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Kerama Islands, and finally step off the mainland to explore Zamami Island.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zamami-son day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Ishigaki to Zamami-son with the Route module. In July in Zamami-son, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Sapporo

— 2 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura) and Hokkaido Jingu. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sapporo Clock Tower and Former Hokkaido Government Office Building. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru) and Chitose (Spas & The North Country Golf Club). There's still lots to do: stroll around Odori Park, take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Sapporo St. Michael's Church, and sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Sapporo planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zamami-son to Sapporo. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zamami-son in July, with highs in Sapporo at 26°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Shakotan-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

Shakotan-cho

— 3 nights
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 3rd (Mon): stop by Yoichi Smoked Foods Shop NAMPO, learn about winemaking at Yoichi Wine Brewery, hunt for treasures at Kakizaki Shoten, then get engrossed in the history at Universe Memorial Hall Yoichi, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Shimamu Beach. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Cape Kamui, sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, and then contemplate the long history of Old Shimoyoichi Unjoya.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Shakotan-cho trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Sapporo to Shakotan-cho in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Shakotan-cho can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.

Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.