29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Yakushima
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Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
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Onna-son
— 2 nights
Fly
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Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 3 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Tokyo Haneda
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nanzen-ji Temple and Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Daimon-ji Temple (in Ibaraki). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and visit Gion.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Washington DC to Kyoto, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kyoto, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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Nijo Castle ©
Must see
Nijo Castle
4.3

2
nights
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 10th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

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Senjokaku ©
Religious Site
Senjokaku
4.1
Itsukushima Shrine ©
World heritage site
Itsukushima Shrine
4.7

2
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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 12th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall, then don't miss a visit to Jōmon Sugi, then take in breathtaking views at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yakushima-cho driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Yakushima-cho takes 5.5 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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Onna-son.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
Highlights from your trip
Oko no Taki Fall
Must see
Oko no Taki Fall
4.7
Yakusugi Land ©
Must see
Yakusugi Land
4.6

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.
On the 14th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Zakimi Castle Ruins, then contemplate the long history of Katsuren Castle Ruins, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Himeyuri Peace Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, then contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, and finally step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle.

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You can fly from Yakushima-cho to Onna-son in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In October, daily temperatures in Onna-son can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 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 · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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3
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Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aragusuku Beach and Toguchi no Hama. Escape the urban bustle at Yabiji and Sunayama Beach. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, stroll through Imugya Marine Garden, and make a trip to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Miyakojima route website.

Fly from Onna-son to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Yabiji
Must see
Yabiji
4.8
©
Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.6

3
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape Hirakubozaki and Yonehara Beach. Get in touch with nature at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour and Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, and stroll around Banna Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki trip itinerary app.

Fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:
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3
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Iriomote-jima

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, and then head outdoors with Ida no Hama Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Mariudo Fall, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Barasu Island.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Iriomote-jima trip maker.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Iriomote-jima can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
Highlights from your trip
Pinaisara Falls ©
Must see
Pinaisara Falls
4.8
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Must see
Hoshisuna Beach
4.3

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake Chuzenji and Kammangafuchi Gorge. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ryuzu Waterfall and Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Yomeimon (Main Gate), walk around Italian Embassy House Memorial Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and admire the sheer force of Yudaki Falls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nikko trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Nikko takes 11 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in October, things will get a bit cooler in Nikko: highs are around 67°F and lows about 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Lake Chuzenji ©
Must see
Lake Chuzenji
4.1
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Historic Site
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
4.6

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Asakusa Shrine and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kencho-ji Temple and Senso-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (in Minatomirai) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Ginza, stop by Odaiba District, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

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Asakusa Shrine ©
Must see
Asakusa Shrine
4.3
Kencho-ji Temple
Must see
Kencho-ji Temple
4.5
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Religious Site
Zojo-ji Temple
4.3

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