40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey maker

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
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Shimoda
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Iwami-cho
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly to Naha Airport / JASDF Naha Air Base, Drive to Zamami-son
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Zamami-son
— 4 nights
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Tsuruoka
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sunshine City Alpa, Tokyo Skytree, Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko), and other attractions you added. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Asakusa. Senso-ji Temple and Takeshita Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

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Dallas, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Tokyo is 15 hours. Traveling from Dallas in June, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 79°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Shimoda

— 4 nights
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Popular historic sites such as Kunozan Toshogu Shrine and Nehando are in your itinerary. Shop till you drop at S-Pulse Dream Plaza and Yaizu Sakana Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Shuzen-ji Temple (in Izu) and Shizuoka (Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art & Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach)). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tatadohama Beach, kick back and relax at Kisami Ohama Beach, take an in-depth tour of Murakami Gasshozukuri Mingeikan, and examine the collection at Izu Naranda no Sato Kawazu Heian Buddha Statue Pavilion.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Shimoda holiday planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Shimoda in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in June: highs in Shimoda hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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 Nishiki Market Shopping District and Masugo, Honten. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning app.

You can drive from Shimoda to Kyoto in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Shimoda in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Iwami-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Iwami-cho

— 3 nights
Visit Uradome Coast Oguri beach beaches and Uradome Coast for some beach relaxation. Appreciate the collections at San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea and Yumechiyokan. Explore Iwami-cho's surroundings by going to Shinonsen-cho (Arayu & Onsen Resorts) and The Ishitani Family Residence (in Chizu-cho).

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Iwami-cho trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Kyoto to Iwami-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kyoto in June, you will find days in Iwami-cho are little chillier (75°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Iwami-cho

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Castle. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Atomic Bomb Dome are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Kashima Kaisuiyokujo (in Matsuyama) and Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach & Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip website.

Take a bus from Iwami-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Visit Sunayama Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Miyako Shrine. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach, stroll through Nagamahama Beach Coast, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Miyakojima road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 5.5 hours. In June, Miyakojima is a bit warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of 87°F and lows of 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Ishigaki

— 4 nights
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 get in some beach time at Yonehara Beach and Fusaki Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nei Museum of Art and Yurateiku Market. Spend the 1st (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, make a trip to Ishigaki City Tokusan Hambai Center, take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Zamami-son

— 4 nights
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Tokashiki-jima Island has been added to your itinerary. Visit Furuzamami Beach and Nishibama Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Zamami-son to go to Tokashiki-son and see Shingaki Shoten, which is approximately 2h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aka Beach, take in the views from Aka Bridge, take in panoramic vistas at Takatsukiyama Observatory Deck, and stroll through Ama Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zamami-son trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ishigaki to Zamami-son. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Tsuruoka

— 3 nights
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sankyo Soko Storehouse, then don't miss a visit to Somaro, and then meet the residents at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tsuruoka journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zamami-son to Tsuruoka. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zamami-son in July, with highs in Tsuruoka at 80°F and lows at 71°F. You'll set off for Osaka on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trip

Osaka

— 3 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You've now added Don Quijote to your itinerary. Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Dotombori District and Osaka Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Nara Park) and Kobe (Kobe Fashion Museum & Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum). It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka holiday site.

Fly from Tsuruoka to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Tsuruoka, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.