39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
4
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
5
Onna-son
— 2 nights
6
Miyakojima
— 5 nights
7
Iriomote-jima
— 5 nights
8
Ishigaki
— 5 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda will thrill your kids. You'll explore and learn at Kyoto Railway Museum and Fukuchiyama City Flood Control Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Fukuchiyama City Zoo (in Fukuchiyama), Osaka (Mint Museum & Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum) and Mt. Yoshino (in Yoshino-cho). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Dotombori District, go for a walk through Gion, and get engrossed in the history at Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker site.

Chennai, India to Kyoto is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chennai in May, things will get much colder in Kyoto: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Fukuchiyama, Ikeda, Mt. Yoshino
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ainokura Gassho Community and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Head to Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Hida Bussankanfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Wada House), Shirayama Hime Shrine (in Hakusan) and Nanto (Gokayama & Suganuma Gassho Community). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, visit Higashichaya Old Town, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasue Hachimangu.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Shirayama Hime Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kamogawa Sea World and Tokyo National Museum. Edo-Tokyo Museum and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan will appeal to museum buffs. Have a day of magic on the 31st (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Odaiba District, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and make a trip to Takeshita Street.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Kanazawa in May, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Kamogawa Sea World
Highlights from your plan
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

4
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.
The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and Yakusugi Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Family-friendly places like Yakusugi Land and Isso Beach will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the pleasant sights at Gejibe no Sato, take in the dramatic scenery at Janokuchinotaki Falls, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tashiro Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho tour itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Yakushima-cho in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. June in Yakushima-cho sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach
Tachudake ©
Tachudake

2
nights
Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Onna Station Nakayukui Market will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Nakijin Castle Ruins and Manza Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (in Motobu-cho), Okinawa Peace Memorial Park (in Itoman) and Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum (in Naha). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Onna-son online visit planner.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in June, expect Onna-son to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, Nakijin Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

5
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 Sunayama Beach and Yabiji. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Tomori Imugya Beach. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get outside with Sea Sky Hakuai, don't miss a visit to Boraga Limestone Cave, and kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima takes 5 hours. In June in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

5
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Family-friendly places like Ida no Hama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Hoshisuna Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall, contemplate the long history of Wasurenaishi, look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village, and don't miss a visit to Ruins of Amitory Village.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima trip builder app.

Ride a ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

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.
Get in touch with nature at Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Nakamoto Beach and Tamatorizaki Observatory. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Island Countryside Settlement, look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, see the sky in a new way at Ishigakijima Observatory, and explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki road trip planning tool.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. June in Ishigaki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nakamoto Beach, Island Countryside Settlement
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Island Countryside Settlement ©
Island Countryside Settlement

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