42 days in Japan Itinerary

42 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Shari-cho
— 4 nights
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Kanazawa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Yakushima-cho
5
Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
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Onna-son
— 3 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Miyakojima
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Miyakojima
— 4 nights
Fly to Ishigaki, Ferry to Iriomote-jima
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Ishigaki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Shari-cho

— 4 nights
Tourism in Shari-cho, a small town situated on Hokkaido's eastern tip, flourishes mainly because of its immediate proximity to the Shiretoko World Heritage Site.
Get in touch with nature at Shiretoko Goko Lake and Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Mashu and Shiretoko Misaki. Step out of Shari-cho with an excursion to Kaminoko Pond in Kiyosato-cho--about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Shiretoko National Park. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Road to Heaven.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Shari-cho road trip site.

Detroit, USA to Shari-cho is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Shari-cho, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Detroit, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Shari-cho, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shari-cho

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:

Kanazawa

— 6 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Step out of the city life by going to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. Museum-lovers will get to explore Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and D. T. Suzuki Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, &more), Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple (in Eiheiji-cho) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyama Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa travel route planner.

You can fly from Shari-cho to Kanazawa in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Shari-cho in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Kanazawa: highs are around 78°F and lows about 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — Oct 1:

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kyoto Insider Sake Experience and Musubi Kyoto. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and stop by Gion.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 7:

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
On the 8th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Yamato Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima planning app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Oko no Taki Fall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yakusugi Land and Nagata Inakahama.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Yakushima-cho, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

Onna-son

— 3 nights
Located on the coast in the middle of the island, Onna-son has become known for its beaches and seaside economy.
Sefa-Utaki and Nakijin Castle Ruins will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Okinawa Peace Memorial Park. Change things up with a short trip to Okichan Theater in Motobu-cho (about 1h 5 min away). It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Cave and get a taste of the local shopping with Onna Station Nakayukui Market.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Onna-son online vacation maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In October, daytime highs in Onna-son are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Onna-son

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Escape the urban bustle at Aragusuku Beach and Sunayama Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yabiji and Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Toguchi no Hama.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Miyakojima takes 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): head off the coast to Iriomote Island and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the next day, kick back and relax at Hoshisuna Beach and then admire the sheer force of Pinaisara Falls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Miyakojima to Iriomote-jima in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement. Escape the urban bustle at Yonehara Beach and Kondoi Beach. Spend 25th (Mon) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki vacation site.

Ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:

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.
Appreciate the collections at Samurai Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Pola Museum of Art and Tokyo National Museum. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, shop like a local with Asakusa, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo route builder app.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ishigaki in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 72°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 31:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.