29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Taxi to Bungo-Ogi, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
9
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Nikko
— 3 nights
Fly
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Towada
— 1 night
Fly
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
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Shari-cho
— 1 night
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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 Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Yonehara Beach. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, stroll around Banna Park, and make a trip to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki vacation builder tool.

San Francisco, USA to Ishigaki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Ishigaki: highs are around 85°F and lows about 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, take in the waterfront activity at Uehara, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and finally kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Todomari Beach, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima sightseeing planner.

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Iriomote-jima are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Yabiji and East Henna Cape. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, go for a walk through Imugya Marine Garden, and kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach.

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Do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:

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Onna-son

Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Bise no Fukugi Tree Road. Venture out of the city with trips to Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son), Uruma (Katsuren Castle Ruins & Hamahiga Island) and Motobu-cho (Bisezaki, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and take in the pleasant sights at Cape Chinen Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Onna-son tour itinerary website.

Fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 4.5 hours. October in Onna-son sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Shakunagenomori Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Yakusugi Land.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Onna-son in October: highs in Yakushima-cho hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho online route maker.

Do a combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Takachiho-cho when traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 30th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, and finally take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally explore the activities along Motoyasu River.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima holiday planner.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima by combination of taxi and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

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Nachikatsura-cho

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 1st (Sun), make a trip to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nachikatsura-cho by train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In October, daily temperatures in Nachikatsura-cho can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Baths · Spas · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:

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Takayama

Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pond Tashiro and Myojin Pond. Venture out of the city with trips to Matsumoto (Taisho Pond, Kaichi Gakko Primary School, &more), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory (in Shirakawa-mura). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum.

Plan my day in Takayama using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Takayama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in November, expect Takayama to be a bit cooler, temps between 58°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

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Nikko

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Explore hidden gems such as Mt. Nasu and Yunoko Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Nikko side-trips: Nasu-machi (Fujishiro Seiji Museum & Minamigaoka Ranch). Spend the 7th (Sat) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, take in the pleasant sights at Senjogahara Field, make a trip to Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, and walk around Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nikko takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Takayama in November since evenings lows in Nikko dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:

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Towada

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 8th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, then admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, then explore the activities along Oirase River, and finally explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Towada trip itinerary app.

Fly from Nikko to Towada in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In November, Towada is a bit cooler than Nikko - with highs of 49°F and lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:

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Sapporo

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 9th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, get outside with Okurayama Lookout, stroll around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, then walk around Nakajima Park, and finally make a trip to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38. On your second day here, stroll around Moerenuma Park, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, then stroll around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, and finally stroll around Maruyama Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip builder app.

You can fly from Towada to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Towada in November: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 42°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Shari-cho.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get outside with Road to Heaven, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, then admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Sulfur Mining Site.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Shari-cho journey maker tool.

Fly from Sapporo to Shari-cho in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. November in Shari-cho sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.