40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly to Naha Airport, Drive to Zamami-son
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Zamami-son
— 2 nights
Drive to Naha Airport, Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Himeji
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Fukuoka
— 4 nights
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Miyakojima

— 3 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll get in some beach time at Yonaha Maehama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach and head outdoors with Shigira Beach.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary website.

George Town, Malaysia to Miyakojima is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from George Town to Miyakojima, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Yonehara Beach and Fusaki Beach. Shop till you drop at Nei Museum of Art and Inafuku Shuhan Honten. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ishigaki: Kohama-jima (Hairumubushi Beach & Kubazaki Beach) and Kuro-shima (Fuki Beach & Nakamoto Beach). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, head outdoors with Shiraho Beach, look and learn at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan-Vera Ishigaki Island Observatory Station, and enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Zamami-son

— 2 nights
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), kick back and relax at Ama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Furuzamami Beach, then get outside with Gahijima Sand Dune, then get outside with Nishibama Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Yuhina Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Hizushi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Aka Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kushibaru Beach.

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Explore your travel options from Ishigaki to Zamami-son with the Route module. In November in Zamami-son, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 24°C at night. 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

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple & Kōtoku-in). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Akihabara, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zamami-son to Tokyo. Traveling from Zamami-son in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be colder, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Hida Takayama Museum of Art and Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan) will appeal to museum buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Gongenmori Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses) and Takayama (Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kinkaku-ji and Gion. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Kasuga Grand Shrine), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Akashi (Amore Beach & Matsue Swimming Beach). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Nene Kimono, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online attractions planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Himeji

— 4 nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Ohara Museum of Art and Japanese Rural Toy Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Himeji Castle and Takeda Castle Ruins. Change things up with these side-trips from Himeji: Tsuyama Nature & Mystery Museum (in Tsuyama), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Shikoku Mura Village (in Takamatsu). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, steep yourself in history at Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Miyajima are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Nijigahama Beach (in Hikari), Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach & Itsukushima Shrine) and Kenmin no Hama (Hiroshima Prefectural Beach) (in Kure). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. 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 your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 4 nights

City of Yatai

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dazaifu Tenman-gu and Nijino Matsubara. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kumamoto Castle and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukuoka: Kirara Beach Yakeno (in Sanyo Onoda), Itoshima (Fukae Beach, Anego no Hama, &more) and Fukutsu (Fukuma Beach & Miyajihama Beach). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, browse the fresh offerings at Osakana Tengoku, buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and step into the grandiose world of Onojo - Chikuzenkoku.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.