59 days in Japan Itinerary

59 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route builder

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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Nakafurano-cho
— 3 nights
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Towada
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
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Izu
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Takamatsu
— 2 nights
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Okayama
— 2 nights
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Hatsukaichi
— 2 nights
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Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Sasebo
— 2 nights
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Nagasaki
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Kagoshima
— 2 nights
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Motobu-cho
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Naha
— 2 nights
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Miyakojima
— 1 night
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Sapporo

— 2 nights

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, ponder the world of politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, stroll around Odori Park, then wander the streets of Susukino, and finally take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Okurayama Lookout, then find something for the whole family at Shiroi Koibito Park, then explore the activities along Otaru Canal, and finally take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo travel route planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sapporo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, expect Sapporo to be colder, temps between 27°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Nakafurano-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nakafurano-cho

— 3 nights
Flower-viewing tourism draws flocks of visitors to Nakafurano-cho, a Hokkaido town famed for its many lavander fields.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Choei Lavender Farm, don't miss a visit to Patchwork no Michi, take in nature's colorful creations at Zerubunoka Atomunooka, then take a memorable drive along Ken & Mary Tree, and finally stop by Seven Stars Tree. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Campana Rokkatei, relax in the rural setting at Kanno Firm, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shikisai no Oka, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shirogane Blue Pond, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tokachidake Bogakudai Observation Tower.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Nakafurano-cho trip website.

Traveling by car from Sapporo to Nakafurano-cho takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sapporo in August, Nakafurano-cho is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Nakafurano-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trips

Towada

— 1 night
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, then look for gifts at Ishigedo Rest Area, then explore the activities along Oirase Gorge, and finally admire the sheer force of Sensuji no Taki. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center, explore the activities along Oirase River, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Maidens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Towada Shrine, and finally explore the activities along Itomuka no Irie.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Towada attractions planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nakafurano-cho to Towada. Traveling from Nakafurano-cho in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Towada. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder website.

You can fly from Towada to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Towada in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 2 nights
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
On the 14th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Narusawa's Tree Form Lava, make a trip to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, shop like a local with Mountaineering Gear Rental Shop La Mont, then take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi, then explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and finally stroll around Oishi Park. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Fuji-Q Highland and then admire the sheer force of Haha no Shirataki Waterfall.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fujikawaguchiko-machi using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Izu.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Izu

— 2 nights
Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
On the 16th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, take in the dramatic natural features at Jogasaki Coast, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Omuro, then walk around Izu Shaboten Zoo, and finally get answers to all your questions at Michi-no-Eki Ito Marine Town. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shuzen-ji Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Joren Waterfall, get a new perspective on nature at Joren Falls Museum, then steep yourself in history at Toi Kinzan, then take a memorable drive along Nishiizu Skyline, and finally go for a walk through Chikurinnokomichi.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Izu trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Izu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in August: high temperatures in Izu hover around 34°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Izu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 18th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyama Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, then explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Tsuzumi Gate, and finally admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Izu to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Izu in August, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Yoshikien, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokondo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): get a dose of the wild on Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then stroll through Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally make a trip to Todaiji Keidaicho.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nara vacation planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nara in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 32°C in Nara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Osaka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

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Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey site.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Himeji

— 2 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.
On the 29th (Sun), see exotic creatures in open habitats at Himeji Central Park, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at View Matsuho no Sato, make a trip to Awaji Highway Oasis, get great views at Awajihanasajiki, then snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Himeji are little chillier (35°C), and nights are about the same (31°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 2 nights

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hiunkaku, explore the historical opulence of Takamatsu Castle, stroll around Tamamo Park, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then walk around Ritsurin Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Takamatsu Marugamemachi Shopping Street. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, explore the historical opulence of Marugame Castle, take in the views from Great Seto Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu trip tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Takamatsu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Himeji in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 28°C in Takamatsu. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Okayama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Ohashi House, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinkeien, admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, and finally examine the collection at Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Kibi Farm Pika Pika, explore the world behind art at Okayama Orient Museum, then explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, and finally explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Okayama online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Okayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Okayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi

— 2 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Gojuno To, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Miyajima.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hatsukaichi trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Hatsukaichi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Hatsukaichi are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Kitakyushu

— 2 nights
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kaikyokan, visit Karato market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Akama Shrine, then see the interesting displays at Kyushu Railway History Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kokura Castle. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Old Mojimitsui Club, take a stroll through Mojiko Retro, explore the activities along Kanmon Kaikyo, snap pictures at Kanmon Bridge, then make a trip to Kanmon Tunnel for Humans (Shimonoseki Side), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Antokutenno Amidaji no Misasagi.

Before you visit Kitakyushu, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Hatsukaichi to Kitakyushu by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Yatai, enjoy breathtaking views from Komenoyama Obsevatory, make a trip to Hakata Station, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ohori Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ohorikoen Japanese Garden. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Onojo - Chikuzenkoku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenkai Inari Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, admire the natural beauty at Komyozen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Nakasu District.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Kitakyushu to Fukuoka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sasebo.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Sasebo

— 2 nights
With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Tenkaiho, observe the fascinating underwater world at Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, stroll through Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, then kick back and relax at Kashimae Beach, then head off the coast to Kujuku Island, and finally admire the striking features of Catholic Ainoura Church. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Huis Ten Bosch.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sasebo day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Sasebo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Sasebo

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): snap pictures at Megane Bridge, walk around Nakashimagawa Park, steep yourself in history at Kapitan Room, examine the collection at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and finally make a trip to World Peace Symbol Zone. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, look for gifts at Seifudo, Glover Garden-dori, then stroll through Glover Garden, then examine the collection at Dejima, and finally wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown.

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Getting from Sasebo to Nagasaki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Kagoshima

— 2 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kagoshima City Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Sengan-en, then learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Chiran Samurai Residence Garden. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory, take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Shiroyama, don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Chuo Station, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration, then make a trip to Tenmonkan, and finally appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue.

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Getting from Nagasaki to Kagoshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Zamami-son.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Zamami-son

— 1 night
The village of Zamami-son in the western Kerama Islands spans four of the islands in the group, one of which remains uninhabited.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Takatsukiyama Observatory Deck, head off the coast to Kerama Islands, kick back and relax at Kushibaru Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Furuzamami Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Zamamijima Island, and finally stroll through Ama Beach. On the next day, make a trip to Statue of Maririn, snap pictures at Aka Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aka Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Nishibama Beach.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kagoshima to Zamami-son. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kagoshima in September; daily highs in Zamami-son reach 36°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Zamami-son

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Motobu-cho

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Bise no Fukugi Tree Road and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kouri Beach, make a trip to Kouri Ohashi, walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Manatee Center.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Motobu-cho holiday maker.

Drive from Zamami-son to Motobu-cho in 3 hours. In September in Motobu-cho, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Naha

— 2 nights

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Tower of Kyoto, don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda, then Head underground at Blue Cave, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Clara Church.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Naha trip builder website.

Drive from Motobu-cho to Naha in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Naha are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to fly to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Miyakojima

— 1 night
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 22nd (Wed), make a trip to Boraga Limestone Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, then kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach, and finally snap pictures at Kurima Bridge. On your second day here, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, make a trip to East Henna Cape, enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then see the interesting displays at Yukishio Museum, and finally make a trip to Soedo Sagaribana.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Miyakojima trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Naha to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Iriomote-jima

— 3 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Iriomote-jima is known for nature, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire the sheer force of Nara no Taki Falls, stroll through Ida no Hama Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island.

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Getting from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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.
For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki planner.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

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Japan travel guide

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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.