40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

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40 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
3
Zamami-son
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
4
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
7
Himeji
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
8
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Fukuoka
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: George Town, Penang Island

3
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Relax by the water at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Nagamahama Beach Coast. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach and get outside with Sunayama Beach.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima travel planner .

George Town, Malaysia to Miyakojima is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In October in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

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

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.
Head to Nei Museum of Art and Inafuku Shuhan Hontenfor some retail therapy. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Yonehara Beach and Shiraho Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ishigaki: Kuro-shima (Fuki Beach & Nakamoto Beach) and Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach & Kubazaki Beach). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, get outside with Akashi Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and look and learn at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan-Vera Ishigaki Island Observatory Station.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ishigaki trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2 hours. October in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kuro-shima, Kohama-jima, Taketomi-cho
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Sukuji Beach ©
Sukuji 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.
On the 5th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Ama Beach, head outdoors with Furuzamami Beach, then get outside with Gahijima Sand Dune, then kick back and relax at Nishibama Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yuhina Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Hizushi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Aka Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kushibaru Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zamami-son trip itinerary maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ishigaki to Zamami-son. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Zamami-son

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

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Asakusa. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Zamami-son to Tokyo with the Route module. Traveling from Zamami-son in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be cooler, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Takayama Jinya. Visit Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Gongenmori Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (in Shirakawa-mura) and Takayama (Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa tour builder .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Osaka Castle. Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotonbori (in Osaka), Akashi (Amore Beach & Matsue Swimming Beach) and Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Kasuga Grand Shrine). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip app .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Akashi, Nara
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
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.
Ohara Museum of Art and Shikoku Mura Village will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Himeji Castle and Takeda Castle Ruins. Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Japanese Rural Toy Museum (in Kurashiki), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Tsuyama Nature & Mystery Museum (in Tsuyama). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and steep yourself in history at Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Himeji are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bizen, Kurashiki, Shikoku Mura Village, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Tsuyama Nature & Mystery Museum
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village

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.
Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Kenmin no Hama (Hiroshima Prefectural Beach) (in Kure), Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, & more) and Nijigahama Beach (in Hikari). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Nijigahama Beach, Kenmin no Hama (Hiroshima Prefectural Beach)
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Relax by the water at Miyajihama Beach and Fukuma Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Kumamoto Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Nijino Matsubara (in Karatsu), Kirara Beach Yakeno (in Sanyo Onoda) and Itoshima (Fukae Beach, Anego no Hama, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, explore the historical opulence of Onojo - Chikuzenkoku, browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and browse the fresh offerings at Osakana Tengoku.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Itoshima, Kumamoto, Fukutsu, Nijino Matsubara, Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Highlights from your plan
Nijino Matsubara ©
Nijino Matsubara
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle

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