35 days in Japan Itinerary

35 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Fly
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Nikko
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train
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Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nagasaki
— 2 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.
Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Spend 24th (Sun) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, stroll around Kabira Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yonehara Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary builder site.

Singapore, Singapore to Ishigaki is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Singapore in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima journey tool.

Getting from Ishigaki to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in October; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 26°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, make a trip to Himeji Castle, and then stroll through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Himeji driving holiday site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Himeji sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday planner.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Nikko.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 6:

Nikko

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nikko: Sanbon Yaridake Moutain (in Nasushiobara) and Mount Nasudake (in Nasu-machi). Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and admire the engineering at Kawamata Dam.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nikko trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Kyoto to Nikko in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

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 to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 16th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 16:

Matsumoto

— 4 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsumoto: Snow Monkey Resorts (in Nagano) and Takayama (Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), &more). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Matsumoto Castle, indulge in some personalized pampering at Zuisho Matsumotokan, explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and stop by Hanakomichi.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto travel route builder website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, Matsumoto is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 14°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 20:

Kanazawa

— 4 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa travel planner.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to fly to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 24:

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Nagasaki Peace Park, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Inasa.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki online itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Nagasaki. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.