36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 5 nights
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Ishigaki

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from Ishigaki with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Iriomote-jima, about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, get great views at Cape Ongazaki, see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Ishigaki, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in June: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 37°C and lows are around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 12:

Motobu-cho

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Motobu-cho: Nakijin-son (Kouri Ocean Tower & Kouri Ohashi), Okuma Beach (in Kunigami-son) and Ishiyama Viewing Platform (in Ogimi-son). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, make a trip to Cape Maeda, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, and walk around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Motobu-cho trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho takes 5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Motobu-cho can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Bell.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online trip maker.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Motobu-cho in June; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Himeji online route builder.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Himeji sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Kuchu Teien Observatory, &more), Daimon-ji Temple (in Ibaraki) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 24:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more), Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in June, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 28:

Sapporo

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sapporo: Otaru Canal (in Otaru), Mount Tarumae (in Tomakomai) and Noboribetsu (Spas, Jigokudani, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Odori Park, take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, take a stroll through Susukino, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokkaido Jingu.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Sapporo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sapporo, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 2:

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey builder site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Sapporo in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 8:

Kamakura

— 5 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kamakura is known for historic sites, parks, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kakuonji Temple, make a trip to Kōtoku-in, and trek along Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kamakura tour planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in July, expect nights in Kamakura to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.