47 days in Japan Itinerary

47 days in Japan Itinerary

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47 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ishigaki
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
+3
bus + train + Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
6
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
7
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h
11
Teshikaga-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Shari-cho
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
13
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Yonaha Maehama Beach and Irabu Ohashi. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Yabiji, take in the views from Kurima Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, and head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Miyakojima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Miyakojima due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Hirakubozaki and Tamatorizaki Observatory. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, stroll through Yonehara Beach, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, and take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): head off the coast to Iriomote Island and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Iriomote-jima sightseeing planner .

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Tours Outdoors Nature
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

4
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Bise no Fukugi Tree Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Kunigami-son (Daisekirinzan, Cape Hedo, & more) and Sefa-Utaki (in Nanjo). There's lots more to do: walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, step off the mainland to explore Minnajima Island, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and relax in the rural setting at Aiai Farm.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Motobu-cho sightseeing tool .

Explore your travel options from Iriomote-jima to Motobu-cho with the Route module. In September in Motobu-cho, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kunigami-son, Nakijin-son, Scuba & Snorkeling, Sefa-Utaki
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Minnajima Island ©
Minnajima Island

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, get answers to all your questions at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, and take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Motobu-cho to Yakushima-cho in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Motobu-cho in October: highs in Yakushima-cho hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

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

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Step off the beaten path and head to Takachiho Gorge and Amano Yasugawara. Get out of town with these interesting Takachiho-cho side-trips: Shirakawa Springs (in Minamiaso-mura), Aso (Daikanbo & Kusasenri) and Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus (in Taketa). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine and contemplate the geological forces at Mt. Aso.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Takachiho-cho. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aso, Mt. Aso, Shirakawa Springs, Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus
Highlights from your plan
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Daikanbo ©
Daikanbo
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kintaikyo Bridge and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Momijidani Park (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima sightseeing planning website .

Take a train from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum, Kintaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Nishi Honganji. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho holiday maker site .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nachikatsura-cho when traveling from Kyoto in October, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
Highlights from your plan
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Fugan Unga Kansui Park (in Toyama). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online trip builder .

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Kanazawa by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in October since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Teshikaga-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

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nights
Teshikaga-cho

Teshikaga-cho ©
A small town amid big scenery, Teshikaga-cho sits in a national park.
On the 25th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kussharo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mashu, then take in panoramic vistas at Mashu Third Observatory, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Bihorotoge Lookout. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Churui island and then walk around Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Teshikaga-cho route builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kanazawa to Teshikaga-cho takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kanazawa in October; daily highs in Teshikaga-cho reach 16°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Teshikaga-cho

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park, Churui island, Bihorotoge Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mashu ©
Lake Mashu
Bihorotoge Lookout ©
Bihorotoge Lookout
Lake Kussharo ©
Lake Kussharo

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nights
Shari-cho

Shari-cho ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiretoko Goko Lake and Shiretoko Misaki. Venture out of the city with trips to Abashiri (Abashiri Prison Museum & Cape Notoro). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, take a memorable drive along Shiretoko Pass, and admire the masterpieces at Kita no Alp Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Shari-cho trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Teshikaga-cho to Shari-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Abashiri, Shiretoko Pass
Highlights from your plan
Shiretoko Goko Lake ©
Shiretoko Goko Lake
Shiretoko Misaki ©
Shiretoko Misaki
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall ©
Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Shari-cho to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Shari-cho in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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