39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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39 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
6
Teshikaga-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Shari-cho
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  8​h 45​min
8
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + train + bus:  7​h 15​min
9
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
ferry:  4​h
11
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h
12
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Mumbai

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 Takachiho Gorge and Daikanbo. Get out of town with these interesting Takachiho-cho side-trips: Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa) and Kusasenri (in Aso). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, get impressive views of Mt. Aso, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Takachiho-cho using our trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Takachiho-cho is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mumbai in October, with highs in Takachiho-cho at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, Mt. Aso
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kintaikyo Bridge and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Museum), Momijidani Park (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Takayama (Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), Higashiyama Walking Course, & more), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & Tenshukakau Observatory). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, Natadera Temple
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Wine Tours & Tastings
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo attractions planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the activities along Lake Kussharo, then take in panoramic vistas at Mashu Third Observatory, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, and finally walk around Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Teshikaga-cho travel itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Tokyo to Teshikaga-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in November, with highs in Teshikaga-cho at 7°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): head outdoors with Shiretoko Pass, then make a trip to Shiretoko Misaki, and then admire the masterpieces at Kita no Alp Art Museum. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Shiretoko Goko Lake, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Io.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Shari-cho trip planner .

Drive from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Shari-cho can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hokkaido
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Jōmon Sugi. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land, admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, make a trip to Wilson Stump, and examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Yakushima-cho takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Shari-cho in November, things will get warmer in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 24°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park and Bise no Fukugi Tree Road. Venture out of the city with trips to Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma), Kouri Ohashi (in Nakijin-son) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Onna-son). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins, observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, and meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Yakushima-cho to Motobu-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yakushima-cho in November: highs in Motobu-cho hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Scuba & Snorkeling, Katsuren Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©
Scuba & Snorkeling
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road ©
Bise no Fukugi Tree Road

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yonaha Maehama Beach and Ikema Ohashi Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Motobu-cho in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Miyakojima, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 30th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Keep things going the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Iriomote-jima trip planning website .

You can ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Hirakubozaki and Tamatorizaki Observatory. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, stroll around Banna Park, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and make a trip to Cape Ongazaki.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki travel route app .

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes an hour. December in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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