39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ahmedabad
Fly:  12 h
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Naha
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Zamami-son
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Himeji
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Ahmedabad

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fusaki Beach and Shiraho Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate MInsah Kogei Museum and Ishigaki Yaima Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Nakamoto Beach (in Kuro-shima) and Kubazaki Beach (in Kohama-jima). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, get outside with Kaiji Beach, look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop, and view the masterpieces at Nei Museum of Art.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip itinerary planner.

Ahmedabad, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Ahmedabad to Ishigaki, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ahmedabad in December, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Nakamoto Beach, Kubazaki Beach
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach and get outside with Maja Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima trip planning app.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In December in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach ©
Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach

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.
Shurijo Castle and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center and Haebaru Town Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naha: Miibaru Beach (in Nanjo), Nakijin-son (Akabaka Beach, Kouri Beach, &more) and Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, get outside with Sun Marina Beach, kick back and relax at Toyosaki Kaihin Koen, and take advantage of the amenities at Busena Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Naha tour builder app.

Getting from Miyakojima to Naha by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Naha can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Motobu-cho, Onna-son, Miibaru Beach, Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center
Highlights from your plan
Kouri Beach ©
Kouri Beach
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach

2
nights
Zamami-son

Zamami-son ©
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): head outdoors with Hizushi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Aka Beach, thenhead outdoors with Nishibama Beach, thenkick back and relax at Kushibaru Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Gahijima Sand Dune. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ama Beach and then kick back and relax at Furuzamami Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Zamami-son trip simple and quick.

Drive from Naha to Zamami-son in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Furuzamami Beach ©
Furuzamami Beach
Hizushi Beach ©
Hizushi Beach
Aka Beach ©
Aka Beach

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Nagasaki Peace Park. Popular historic sites such as Glover Garden and Sōfuku-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Nagasaki side-trips: Huis Ten Bosch (in Sasebo), Onyoku Museum (in Saikai) and Genemongama Aritakamamoto (in Arita-cho). There's more to do: examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Hongouchi.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki day trip site.

Explore your travel options from Zamami-son to Nagasaki with the Route module. While traveling from Zamami-son, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Nagasaki, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Huis Ten Bosch, Onyoku Museum, Genemongama Aritakamamoto
Highlights from your plan
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Mochiishi Seacoast and Mikasahama Beach. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima holiday builder website.

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mochiishi Seacoast, Yamato Museum, Mazda Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, thenstep into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, get curious at Terra Dorm, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji online route planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Takasago, Jodoji Temple, Terra Dorm
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Jodoji Temple
Jodoji Temple

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Head to Dotombori District and Misuyabarifor some retail therapy. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo 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.
Get some historical perspective at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Higashichaya Old Town. Museum-lovers will get to explore Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum (in Shirakawa-mura) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Gongenmori Beach
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Edo-Tokyo Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Ginza. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trips

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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