40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
4
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Matsue
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Toyooka
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
8
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
11
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: London

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get in touch with nature at Sunayama Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aragusuku Beach and East Henna Cape. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Miyakojima journey maker app.

London, UK to Miyakojima is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Miyakojima is 9 hours. Traveling from London in June, you will find days in Miyakojima are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are much warmer (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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.
Relax by the water at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Kayaking & Canoeing. There's much more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and look for gifts at Pinion Direct Shop.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Ishigaki itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

4
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pinaisara Falls will get you outdoors. Visit Ida no Hama Beach and Todomari Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Iriomote Island, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, don't miss a visit to Funauki Village, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima online vacation planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yakusugi Land and Anbo River. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall and don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump.

Start your trip to Yakushima-cho by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Iriomote-jima to Yakushima-cho takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Iriomote-jima in June: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

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

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

4
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.
Get outdoors at Kuniga Bay and Oki Chibu Red Cliff. Get some cultural insight at Adachi Museum of Art and Former Taisha Station. Venture out of the city with trips to Ama-cho (Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center & Akiya Beach) and Izumo (Hinomisaki Shrine, Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamosu Shrine and step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Matsue itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Matsue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Matsue are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Izumo, Ama-cho, Kuniga Bay, Oki Chibu Red Cliff, Adachi Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine

3
nights
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Sand Museum and Takeda Castle Ruins. Step off the beaten path and head to Street of Kinosaki Onsen and Uradome Seacoast Marine Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toyooka: Asago (Takeda Teramachi Street & Mikobata Senkojo Mine) and Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore (in Iwami-cho). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kirihama Beach, browse the fresh offerings at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market, and see the interesting displays at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Toyooka day trip app.

Drive from Matsue to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Toyooka, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Asago, Iwami-cho, The Sand Museum
Highlights from your plan
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
The Sand Museum ©
The Sand Museum

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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping District. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and visit Gion.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Toyooka to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen and The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Takayama Jinya and Soyuji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Norikura Kogen (in Matsumoto) and Wada House (in Shirakawa-mura). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course, sample the tasty concoctions at Harada Sake Brewery, and browse the fresh offerings at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi.

Plan my day in Takayama using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Kyoto to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Norikura Kogen
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple and Suganuma Gassho Community. Get a sense of the local culture at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Ainokura Gassho Community. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Suwa Yakata Remains Garden (in Fukui), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Nanto (Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo & Gokayama). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery Otera, kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach, and contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nanto, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Suwa Yakata Remains Garden, Gongenmori Beach, Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy
Highlights from your plan
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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.
You'll explore and learn at Pola Museum of Art and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokyo National Museum and Yokohama Minato Mirai 21. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Samurai Museum, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and visit Ginza.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pola Museum of Art, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21

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