36 days in Japan Itinerary

36 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Osaka Kansai, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Bungoogi, Taxi to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Bus to Fukuoka, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Koya-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Drive
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Takayama
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Daishoin Temple and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Let the collections at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Museum). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima day trip planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in April: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 3:

Takachiho-cho

— 2 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, then take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine and then take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Takachiho-cho online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Takachiho-cho can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Take a break from the city and head to Sunayama Beach and Yabiji. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Toguchi no Hama. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Shimojishima Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakanoshima Beach, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, and enjoy the sea views from Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip maker tool.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Miyakojima. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 5 — 9:

Ishigaki

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kondoi Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki. Step out of the city life by going to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planner.

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 14:

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Visiting Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Yakusugi Land will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seibu Trail and Jōmon Sugi. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall and make a trip to Wilson Stump.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Yakushima-cho takes 9 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ishigaki in May: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to fly to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

Koya-cho

— 3 nights
Visit Koyasan Okunoin and Kongobu-ji Temple for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mt. Koya and Ichijo-in Temple. When in Koya-cho, make a side trip to see Mt. Yoshino in Yoshino-cho, approximately Yoshino-cho away.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Koya-cho online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Yakushima-cho to Koya-cho by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, train, and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Dotombori District in Dotombori, approximately Dotombori away. And it doesn't end there: stop by Ninja Dojo and Store, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 26:

Takayama

— 2 nights
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 27th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, see the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Takayama trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Takayama, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hase-dera Temple and Zojo-ji Temple. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura) and Yokohama Chinatown (in Yokohama). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and stop by Akihabara.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Takayama to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 3:

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.