38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
2
Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
6
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
7
Kamakura
— 4 nights
8
Tokyo
— 6 nights

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima (about 1h 55 min away). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, don't miss a visit to Cape Ongazaki, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki journey planner.

Hanoi, Vietnam to Ishigaki is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

3
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
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.
Explore Motobu-cho's surroundings by going to Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son), Busena Marine Park (in Nago) and Onna-son (Cape Manzamo, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Emerald Beach, head outdoors with Bisezaki, and relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho takes 5.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Onna-son, Busena Marine Park
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Manzamo ©
Cape Manzamo

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pond of Peace, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip maker tool.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

5
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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 find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Osaka tour itinerary planning website.

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 July, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, Nara
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

5
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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 Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). There's still lots to do: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

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

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Gokayama, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

4
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kamakura is known for historic sites, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, step off the mainland to explore Enoshima Island, and hike along Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kamakura travel app.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kamakura in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in July, you will find days in Kamakura are slightly colder (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fujisawa, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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.
Have a day of magic on the 30th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Start your trip to Tokyo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can take a train from Kamakura to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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