33 days in Japan Itinerary

33 days in Japan Itinerary

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33 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h
3
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
4
Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Naha
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Toronto

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pola Museum of Art and Tokyo National Museum. For shopping fun, head to Minato Mirai 21 or Takeshita Street. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, take a stroll through Odaiba, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Tokyo. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in July; daily highs in Tokyo reach 36°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Minato Mirai 21, Pola Museum of Art
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking & Canoeing. Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Yonehara Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, view the masterpieces at Nei Museum of Art, and walk around Kabira Park.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki visit planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 32°C in Ishigaki. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Taketomi-jima
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach

2
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls, head off the coast to Iriomote Island, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nara no Taki Falls.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

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

4
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Sunayama Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Toguchi no Hama. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, head off the coast to Irabu-jima Island, don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and see the vivid underwater world at Yabiji.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima travel itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Naha.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yabiji
Yabiji
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Naha

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.
Visit Sefa-Utaki and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park for their historical value. Get outdoors at Furuzamami Beach and Aharen Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM (in Kitanakagusuku-son) and Onna-son (Onna Station Nakayukui Market & Scuba & Snorkeling). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Naha road trip website .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Naha in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Naha

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Onna-son, Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Aharen Beach, Furuzamami Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Oko no Taki Fall and Wilson Stump. Escape the urban bustle at Yakusugi Land and Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Mocchomudake.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Naha to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, ferry, and car; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Naha in July since evenings lows in Yakushima-cho dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley ©
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Oko no Taki Fall
Oko no Taki Fall

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore and learn at JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima driving holiday planner .

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Head to Dotonbori and Maiko Antiques Kyotofor plenty of shopping. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and don't miss a visit to Arashiyama.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and Suganuma Gassho Community are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Nomura Family Samurai House. Venture out of the city with trips to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Nanto, Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
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Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple ©
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum ©
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

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