38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Fly
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Towada
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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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.
Get outdoors at Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) and Street Kart Tour Akihabara #1 by Go-Kart. Explore hidden gems such as Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Best Experience Japan. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, wander the streets of Ginza, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo driving holiday planning tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Singapore to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, Tokyo is a bit cooler than Singapore - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ryuzu Waterfall and Nikko National Park. Get outdoors at Yudaki Falls and Mt. Nasu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Nasu-machi (Fujishiro Seiji Museum, Nasu Nature Study Paths, &more). There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji and take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Nikko hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oirase Mountain Stream and Guriland. Get outdoors at Hakkoda Mountains and Choshi Otaki Waterfall. Step out of Towada to go to Aomori and see Tashirotai Heights, which is approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase River, admire the masterpieces at Towada Art Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Hakufu no Taki, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Towada Shrine.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Towada road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Nikko to Towada takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In October, Towada is a bit cooler than Nikko - with highs of 18°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Towada

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

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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.
Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Musubi Kyoto. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Amanohashidate and Kasamatsu Park. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Fly from Towada to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Towada in October, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 27:

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Dotombori District or Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shoshazan Engyoji and Kobe Harborland. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kobe (Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution & Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Minami (Namba), observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and make a trip to Kuromon Market.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:

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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.
On the 1st (Sun), admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yakushima-cho trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Yakushima-cho takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Yakushima-cho when traveling from Osaka in October, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Manza Beach. Visiting Okuma Beach and Busena Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Kouri Beach (in Nakijin-son) and Motobu-cho (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, &more). There's more to do: look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Onna-son visit planning website.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, you will find days in Onna-son are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:

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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Escape the urban bustle at Iriomote Island and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Hoshisuna Beach and Pinaisara Falls. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach, head outdoors with Maruma Beach, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and identify plant and animal life at Funauki Village.

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You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Onna-son to Iriomote-jima in 7 hours. Traveling from Onna-son in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Iriomote-jima, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:

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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.
Visiting Cape Hirakubozaki and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Kondoi Beach and Kabira Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, walk around Banna Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kabira Bay.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary app.

Traveling by ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki takes 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:

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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Escape the urban bustle at Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama. There's still lots to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Yabiji, head off the coast to Ikema-jima Island, stroll around Imugya Marine Garden, and snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Miyakojima trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Miyakojima in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:

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.