38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
2
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
3
Naha
— 5 nights
4
Nagasaki
— 4 nights
5
Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
7
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
8
Ise
— 2 nights
9
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights

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.
Island Countryside Settlement and Cape Hirakubozaki will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yurateiku Market and Kuroshima Research Institute. Get out of town with these interesting Ishigaki side-trips: Kuro-shima (Kuroshima Lighthouse & Iko Pier). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, walk around Banna Park, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip app.

Berlin, Germany to Ishigaki is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In February, daytime highs in Ishigaki are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Taketomi-cho, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement
Kuroshima Research Institute ©
Kuroshima Research Institute

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get some cultural insight at Harimizu Utaki and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. Explore hidden gems such as Makiyama Observatory and Painagama Beach. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, and play a few rounds at Ocean Llinks, Miyakojima.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Miyakojima sightseeing planning website.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Painagama Beach ©
Painagama Beach
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse ©
Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse

5
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
The Tower of Himeyuri and Zakimi Castle Ruins will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tropical Dream Center and Furuzamami Beach. Explore Naha's surroundings by going to Motobu-cho (Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, Emerald Beach, &more), Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman) and Nakijin-son (Nakijin Castle Ruins & Kouri Beach). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Nakagusuku Castle Ruins, steep yourself in history at Katsuren Castle Ruins, admire the verdant scenery at Valley of Gangala, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aharen Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Naha trip builder tool.

Getting from Miyakojima to Naha by flight takes about 2.5 hours. March in Naha sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Motobu-cho, Itoman, Zamami-son, Nanjo, Tokashiki-son
Highlights from your plan
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
Kouri Beach ©
Kouri Beach
The Tower of Himeyuri ©
The Tower of Himeyuri

4
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Your inner history buff will appreciate Suwa Shrine and Yutoku Inari Shrine. Explore Nagasaki's surroundings by going to Sasebo (Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, &more) and Unzen (Manmyoji Temple, Unzen Jigoku (Unzen Hell), &more). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at 26 Martyrs Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuchi Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Inasayama Observation Deck, and appreciate the history behind Hypocenter of Atomic Bombing.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nagasaki day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In March, Nagasaki is a bit cooler than Naha - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sasebo, Unzen, Yutoku Inari Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum ©
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture ©
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture

2
nights
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 13th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Omoto Shrine, steep yourself in history at Iwakuni Castle, and then take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, and finally stroll around Momijidani Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hatsukaichi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Hatsukaichi sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Iwakuni
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Iwakuni Castle ©
Iwakuni Castle

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Koyasan Danjo Garan and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Chion-in Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin & Kongobu-ji Temple), Byodoin (in Uji) and Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Byodoin, Kofuku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Chion-in Temple ©
Chion-in Temple
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, thenmake a trip to Daimonzaka, and finally make a trip to Hashigui Rock.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in March, Nachikatsura-cho is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock, Hiromitsu Ochiai Baseball Hall
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou Shrine

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, thenmake a trip to Oharai-machi, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Shrine Geku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Shinmei Shrine, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Ise itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in March, expect nights in Ise to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toba, Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck
Highlights from your plan
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya
Sarutahiko Shrine ©
Sarutahiko Shrine
Futami Okitama Shrine ©
Futami Okitama Shrine

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kanda house and Eiheijiguchi Station Old Building. Museum-lovers will get to explore Takayama Showa Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Maruoka Castle (in Sakai), Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama) and Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Suganuma Gassho Community, get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa journey site.

Drive from Ise to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ise in March since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Eiheiji-cho, Maruoka Castle
Highlights from your plan
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

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.
Appreciate the collections at Fire Museum and Lalique Museum Hakone. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jindai-ji Temple and Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Itchiku Kubota Art Museum & Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum), Kashima Jingu (in Kashima) and Narita (Naritasan Omote Sando & Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinomiya Shrine, and explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Hakone-machi, Narita, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
Highlights from your plan
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Jindai-ji Temple ©
Jindai-ji Temple
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

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