38 days in Japan Itinerary

38 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Fly
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Hakodate
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 5th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, stop by Akihabara, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online driving holiday planner.

New Delhi, India to Tokyo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from New Delhi to Tokyo, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from New Delhi in May: highs in Tokyo hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 8:

Ishigaki

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Mon), head outdoors with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and then stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip builder app.

Getting from Tokyo to Ishigaki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. In May, Ishigaki is a bit warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:

Motobu-cho

— 2 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally go for a walk through Bise no Fukugi Tree Road. Here are some ideas for day two: experience the excitement of Nago Pineapple Park, then snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, and then don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Motobu-cho vacation planning app.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Ishigaki to Motobu-cho in 5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ishigaki in May: high temperatures in Motobu-cho hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Hiroshima

— 4 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: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online route planner.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima by combination of ferry and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. Traveling from Motobu-cho in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Hiroshima, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 16:

Himeji

— 3 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Kobe (Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, Kobe Harborland, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Himeji sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Kyoto

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori), Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, go for a walk through Gion, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 26:

Kanazawa

— 5 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Takayama (Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), Takayama Jinya, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa road trip website.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

Hakone-machi

— 4 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakone-machi: Oshino Hakkai (in Oshino-mura), Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Lake Kawaguchi & Fuji Subaru Line) and Japan's Highest Peak Fujisan Kengamine Monument (in Narusawa-mura). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kanazawa to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in May, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 21°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly to Hakodate.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 4:

Hakodate

— 2 nights

City of Lights

A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stop by Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and then admire the landmark architecture of Goryokaku Park. On the next day, contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and then don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakodate planner.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Hakodate by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Hakone-machi in June, Hakodate is little chillier at night with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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Hokkaido travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Parks
The northernmost of Japan's big four islands, Hokkaido seems a world apart from the rest of the country, with nearly a quarter of its total land area and only five percent of the population. To the Japanese, this island is synonymous with photogenic mountains and abundant wildlife. To most foreign visitors, a vacation in Hokkaido means exploring an area reminiscent of northern Europe, abundant in waterfalls, hot springs, volcanoes, mossy canyons, and peaceful lakes. Hokkaido also boasts the world's longest railway tunnel, the only land connection between this and Japan's main island Honshu.