38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
2
Matsue
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
4
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
5
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
6
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
7
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
8
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
9
Nagoya
— 3 nights
10
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
11
Tokyo
— 5 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, and stop by Arashiyama.

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Glasgow, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In May, Kyoto is a bit warmer than Glasgow - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Step off the beaten path and head to Adachi Museum of Art and Susa Shrine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Yaegaki Shrine and Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse. Venture out of the city with trips to Mizuki Shigeru Museum (in Sakaiminato) and Izumo (Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Former Taisha Station, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamosu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Matsue online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kyoto to Matsue in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Izumo, Adachi Museum of Art, Shinji Lake, Mizuki Shigeru Museum
Highlights from your plan
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Susa Shrine ©
Susa Shrine

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Get a sense of the local culture at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Yamato Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure) and Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Matsue to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Tobishima Kaido
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Nagata Inakahama, then don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. In May in Yakushima-cho, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, and finally admire the sheer force of Manai Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Shirakawa Springs and then take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka.

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You can do a combination of ferry and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. In May in Takachiho-cho, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakawa Springs
Highlights from your plan
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village, kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

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Do a combination of flight and ferry from Takachiho-cho to Iriomote-jima in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In June, Iriomote-jima is a bit warmer than Takachiho-cho - with highs of 37°C and lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Get outdoors at Kondoi Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and stroll around Kabira Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki road trip app.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. June in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Yabiji and Sunayama Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Toguchi no Hama. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, head off the coast to Ikema-jima Island, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hikone Castle and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Museum-lovers will appreciate Little World and Nagoya City Science Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Nagoya: Iwamura Historical Town (in Ena), Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Nakasendo Magome-juku (in Nakatsugawa). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Genkyuen Garden, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

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

Fly from Miyakojima to Nagoya in 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Miyakojima in June: high temperatures in Nagoya hover around 28°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Hikone, Inuyama, Iwamura Historical Town, Nakasendo Magome-juku
Highlights from your plan
Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore hidden gems such as Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Oyama Shrine. Let the collections at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Higashiyama Walking Course). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Nagoya to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Takayama, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. Popular historic sites such as Hase-dera Temple and Senso-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, visit Akihabara, and admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo travel site.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Tokyo are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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