42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to New Chitose Airport, Drive to Shakotan-cho
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Shakotan-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to New Chitose Airport, Fly to Shari-cho
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 6 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 4 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Shakotan-cho

— 2 nights
Shakotan-cho is a quiet coastal town with sandy beaches, viewing points, and an underwater observatory for spotting salmon and sea urchins.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): kick back and relax at Shimamu Beach and then don't miss a visit to Cape Kamui. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Shakotan Peninsula.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Shakotan-cho trip builder site.

Santa Maria, USA to Shakotan-cho is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Maria in June: highs in Shakotan-cho hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Shakotan-cho

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Shari-cho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Visiting Shiretoko Goko Lake and Lake Mashu will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall and Shiretoko Pass. Step out of Shari-cho to go to Kiyosato-cho and see Kaminoko Pond, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiretoko Peninsula, and admire all the interesting features of Road to Heaven.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho online route maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Shakotan-cho to Shari-cho. Expect little chillier evenings in Shari-cho when traveling from Shakotan-cho in June, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Maiko Antiques Kyoto. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Shari-cho to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shari-cho in June, expect Kyoto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 81°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Yakusugi Land and Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nagata Inakahama and Seibu Trail. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Yakushima-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Yakushima-cho can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Onna-son

— 4 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Explore hidden gems such as Blue Cave and Scuba & Snorkeling. Do your shopping at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM and Onna Station Nakayukui Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Onna-son: Motobu-cho (Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, Okichan Theater, &more) and Kunigami-son (Daisekirinzan & Okuma Beach).

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Onna-son trip planner.

Fly from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daytime highs in Onna-son are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 6 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Yabiji. Visiting Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Irabu-jima Island, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and take in the views from Irabu Ohashi.

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

Getting from Onna-son to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Ishigaki

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kondoi Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki. Visiting Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, stroll around Kabira Park, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. July in Ishigaki sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Iriomote-jima

— 4 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iriomote Island and Barasu Island. Step out of the city life by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Nara no Taki Falls. The adventure continues: stroll through Ida no Hama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Iriomote-jima tour itinerary builder website.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. July in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Do your shopping at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Ginza. Step off the beaten path and head to Arona Spa and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Odaiba District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Tokyo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in July, Tokyo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas · Theme Parks

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.