38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Fukuoka
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Kobe
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Izu
— 2 nights
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Hirosaki
— 2 nights
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Noboribetsu
— 2 nights
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Sapporo
— 4 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village, walk around Banna Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Maesedake Observation Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, then stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach. On your second day here, explore the activities along Kabira Bay, walk around Kabira Park, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Ishigaki online driving holiday planner.

Berlin, Germany to Ishigaki is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Berlin to Ishigaki. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

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Fukuoka

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Suginoi Palace as well as Canal City Hakata. Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Takeo City Library (in Takeo), Nagasaki (Glover Garden, Nagasaki Peace Park, &more) and Dazaifu Tenman-gu (in Dazaifu). The adventure continues: stroll around Ohori Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and admire the striking features of Hakata Station.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Fukuoka takes 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in May, with highs in Fukuoka at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

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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.
You've added Mikasahama Beach, Mt. Misen, Miyajima, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, learn something new at Okeiko Japan Miyajima, then get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima sightseeing planning app.

Take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

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Kobe

Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kobe by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Kobe sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Spas · Baths · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:

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Osaka

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eat Osaka as well as Street Kart Osaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, go for a walk through Ukiyokoji Street, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally squeeze the most out of the city with Street Kart Osaka.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka attractions planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Kobe, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

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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.
You've added Ginkakuji Temple, Philosopher's Walk, Kyoto Imperial Palace, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

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Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Classes · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 16:

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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Watanabe Sake Brewery (in Hida), Shirakawa-mura (Binen Yumeromu Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takayama (Takayama Showa Museum, Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

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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.
You've now added Roppongi Kingyo to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama), Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland) and Kamakura (Kōtoku-in & Hase-dera Temple). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Kanazawa in May, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Izu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 27:

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Izu

Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): go for a walk through Chikurinnokomichi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Joren Waterfall, get a new perspective on nature at Joren Falls Museum, admire the sheer force of Banjo Falls, then examine the collection at Ikeda museum of 20th century art, then stroll around Izu Shaboten Zoo, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Omuro.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Izu trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Izu by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Izu: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Izu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 27 — 29:

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Hirosaki

A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Komakino Ruins, admire the landmark architecture of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, snap pictures at Labridge, then steep yourself in history at Former Hirosaki City Library, and finally walk around Hirosaki Park. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Mt. Iwaki Lifts, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwaki, explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hirosaki online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Izu to Hirosaki in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Izu in May, with highs in Hirosaki at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Noboribetsu.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:

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Noboribetsu

Perhaps the island's best-known hot spring resort, Noboribetsu has a long history of tourism.
On the 1st (Mon), stroll around Sengen Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Oku no Yu, explore the striking landscape at Jigokudani, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe, and finally get in on the family fun at Noboribetsu Date Historic Village.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Noboribetsu trip maker site.

You can fly from Hirosaki to Noboribetsu in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Hirosaki, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Noboribetsu, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 14°C. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sapporo.

Things to do in Noboribetsu

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Otaru (Tomioka Catholic Church, Otaru Denuki Koji, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Odori Park, make a trip to Sapporo Clock Tower, get great views at Mt. Moiwa, and stroll through Okurayama Lookout.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sapporo day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Noboribetsu to Sapporo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Noboribetsu in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sapporo, with lows around 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 7:

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.