29 days in Japan & Ireland Itinerary

29 days in Japan & Ireland Itinerary

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29 days in Japan & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Nashville, United States
Fly + bus:  21​h 30​min
1
Kyoto, Japan
— 1 night
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ishigaki, Japan
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h 45​min
3
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
4
Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
5
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cahersiveen, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Clifden, Ireland
— 3 nights
taxi + ferry:  1​h 45​min
8
Inishmore, Ireland
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  2​h
9
Galway, Ireland
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Nashville, United States


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1
night
Kyoto, Japan

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.
On the 16th (Thu), explore the activities along Kamogawa River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then get great views at Mt. Kurama, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kyoto Station Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, then snap pictures at Togetsukyo Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary planner.

Nashville, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

1
night
Ishigaki, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, then look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torinji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay, then take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiraho Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki road trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and flight. In May, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer than Kyoto - with highs of 84°F and lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Island Countryside Settlement
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Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Nosoko Mape ©
Nosoko Mape
Yurateiku Market ©
Yurateiku Market

4
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Head to Grafton Street and DesignYardfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bru na Boinne and Glendalough Monastic Settlement. Venture out of the city with trips to Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village), Olde Shillelagh Stick Maker (in Shillelagh) and Irish National Stud & Gardens (in Tully). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty Library.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Dublin in 21 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki to Dublin, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ishigaki in May, things will get much colder in Dublin: highs are around 59°F and lows about 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Cork.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vale of Glendalough, Bru na Boinne, Olde Shillelagh Stick Maker, Irish National Stud & Gardens
Find places to stay May 20 — 24:
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Glendalough Monastic Settlement ©
Glendalough Monastic Settlement

3
nights
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The English Market and Charles Fort. Get outdoors at Mitchelstown Cave and The Donkey Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cork: Cobh (Spike Island & Titanic Experience Cobh), Kinsale (Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre & James Fort) and Michael Collins Centre (in Clonakilty). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Blarney Castle & Gardens, don't miss a visit to Collegiate Church Of St. Mary, take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Cork trip simple and quick.

Traveling by train from Dublin to Cork takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kinsale, Michael Collins Centre, Titanic Experience Cobh, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Collegiate Church Of St. Mary
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:
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The English Market ©
The English Market
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

3
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get some cultural insight at Peter Cox Photography Gallery and St. Mary's Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Killarney National Park and The Kerry Way. Step out of Killarney with an excursion to Banna Strand in Tralee--about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: hike along Torc Mountain Walk, take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass, and look for gifts at Kerry Woollen Mills.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Killarney route planning tool .

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cahersiveen.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Conor Pass, Banna Strand
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

3
nights
Cahersiveen, Ireland

Cahersiveen ©
Cahersiveen—alternate spellings Cahirsiveen, Cahirciveen or Caherciveen— is a town in County Kerry, Ireland. Visit Allihies Copper Mine Trail and Dun Chaoin Pier for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Leacanabuaile Fort and Old Abbey of the Holy Cross. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cahersiveen: Staigue Fort (in Castlecove), Irish Fairy Trails (in Caherdaniel) and Ballinskelligs Beach (in Ballinskelligs). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Issie's Handmade Chocolate, see the interesting displays at Allihies Copper Mine Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Glentenassig Forest, and kick back and relax at Waterville Beach.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Cahersiveen trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Killarney to Cahersiveen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Cahersiveen

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Allihies, Castlegregory, Waterville Beach, Ballinskelligs Beach, Irish Fairy Trails
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
Highlights from your plan
Glenteenassig Forest Park ©
Glenteenassig Forest Park
Allihies Copper Mine Trail ©
Allihies Copper Mine Trail
Staigue Fort ©
Staigue Fort

3
nights
Clifden, Ireland

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Gothic Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Great Western Greenway and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore Clifden's surroundings by going to Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre (in Westport) and Killary Fjord (in Leenane). Next up on the itinerary: stop by O`Dalaigh Jewellers, stroll through Renvyle Beach, contemplate the long history of Marconi Station, and view the masterpieces at Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Cahersiveen to Clifden takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Westport, Kylemore, Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, Renvyle Beach, Killary Fjord
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:
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The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
O`Dalaigh Jewellers ©
O`Dalaigh Jewellers

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night
Inishmore, Ireland

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stop by Aran Sweater Market, delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, then delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, then kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Inishmore trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Clifden to Inishmore in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Aran Sweater Market ©
Aran Sweater Market

5
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Poulnabrone Dolmen. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tyrone House and Ballintubber Abbey. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Ballyvaughan (Burren Birds of Prey Centre & Aillwee Cave), Dromoland Castle (in Newmarket-on-Fergus) and Burren National Park (in Corofin). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park, step into the grandiose world of Dunguaire Castle, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Galway trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Galway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ballyvaughan, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Dungaire Castle, Ballintubber Abbey, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 11:
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

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