39 days in Japan Itinerary

39 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Tanabe
— 2 nights
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
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Onna-son
— 1 night
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Matsue
— 3 nights
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Toyooka
— 3 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kyoto Railway Museum and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Wakasa History Museum (in Obama), Omimaiko Beach (in Otsu) and Mint Museum (in Osaka). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

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Hong Kong, China to Kyoto is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Hong Kong Standard Time (HKT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Hong Kong in May, with highs in Kyoto at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tanabe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine and Dojoji Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Shirarahama Beach and Enjugahama. Change things up with these side-trips from Tanabe: Shirahama-cho (Senjojiki & Minakata Kumagusu Museum) and Kinokuni Farm (in Gobo). There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Kawayu Onsen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyunohara, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Adventure World, and steep yourself in history at Kumano Sansho Shrine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tanabe trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Tanabe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tanabe when traveling from Kyoto in May, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
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Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine
Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach
Kawayu Onsen ©
Kawayu Onsen

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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.
Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Go for a jaunt from Ishigaki to Kuro-shima to see Nakamoto Beach about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, and explore the gorgeous colors at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble.

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Getting from Tanabe to Ishigaki by flight takes about 7 hours. In May, Ishigaki is a bit warmer than Tanabe - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 23:
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Relax by the water at Hoshisuna Beach and Ida no Hama Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pinaisara Falls and Kayaking & Canoeing. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the sheer force of Kura Falls, steep yourself in history at Wasurenaishi, and look for all kinds of wild species at Funauki Village.

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Traveling by ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima takes 2 hours. In May in Iriomote-jima, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay May 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village

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Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunayama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visiting Aragusuku Beach and Yabiji will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima holiday builder site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. In May in Miyakojima, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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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.
On the 30th (Thu), kick back and relax at Manza Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Diamond Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Akabaka Beach, and finally make a trip to Nakijin Castle Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, then stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Onna-son trip maker website.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Onna-son. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Onna-son

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins
Manza Beach ©
Manza Beach

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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.
Visit Nagata Inakahama and Isso Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Yakusugi Land and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center and get a new perspective on nature at Yakusugi Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho attractions planner.

Getting from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In June, Yakushima-cho is little chillier than Onna-son - with highs of 30°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:
Highlights from your plan
Nagata Inakahama
Nagata Inakahama
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach

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Hiroshima

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 4th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mashikeitsukushima Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, head off the coast to Miyajima, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima attractions planning site.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Adachi Museum of Art and Yaegaki Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shimane Art Museum and Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. Explore Matsue's surroundings by going to Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Yasugi), Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography (in Hoki-cho) and Oni no Shitaburui (in Okuizumo-cho). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Former Taisha Station, visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, head outdoors with Hinomisaki Coast, and delve into the distant past at Kojindani Ruin.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Matsue trip website.

You can drive from Hiroshima to Matsue in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Matsue sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse ©
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse

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Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Takeda Castle Ruins and Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore. Get a sense of the local culture at Street of Kinosaki Onsen and Daijoji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Toyooka side-trips: Uradome Coast (in Iwami-cho) and Asago (Mikobata Senkojo Mine & Ritsuun Gorge). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirihama Beach, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, browse the fresh offerings at Toyooka Sanchoku Magokoro Market, and get outside with Takeno Coast.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Toyooka itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matsue to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In June in Toyooka, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Toyooka

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore ©
Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore

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Takayama

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.
On the 12th (Wed), head outdoors with Rail Mountain Bike Gattan Go!!, get to know the fascinating history of Shirakabe Dozogai, then see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, and finally wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then stop by Hida Bussankan, then see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama tour planning site.

You can drive from Toyooka to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Let the collections at D. T. Suzuki Museum and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ainokura Gassho Community and Suganuma Gassho Community. Venture out of the city with trips to Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Gallery Yotsui Artcrafts (in Takaoka) and Nanto (Gokayama & Ainokura Kaiyu Hodo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa planner.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Pola Museum of Art and Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tokyo National Museum and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, stop by Odaiba District, shop like a local with Ginza, and wander the streets of Asakusa.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

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