29 days in Japan Itinerary

29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Ferry
2
Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Miyakojima
3
Miyakojima
— 3 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Bus to Onna-son
4
Onna-son
— 3 nights
Bus to Okinawa, Fly to Yakushima-cho
5
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Kagoshima, Train to Kumamoto, Drive to Takachiho-cho
6
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
Taxi to Bungoogi, Train to Hiroshima
7
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
8
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive
9
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Nikko
— 3 nights
Train to Kita-Senju, Fly to Towada
11
Towada
— 1 night
Fly
12
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly
13
Shari-cho
— 1 night
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Ishigaki — 3 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 Island Countryside Settlement and Yurateiku Market. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Rhizophoraceae Plant Community of Fukidogawa River, stroll around Banna Park, take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier, and pause for some photo ops at Yoko Gushiken Monument.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip planning website.

San Francisco, USA to Ishigaki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Ishigaki is 17 hours. In October, Ishigaki is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Iriomote-jima.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

Iriomote-jima — 2 nights

Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities, admire the sheer force of Kanpiree Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Pinaisara Falls, take in the waterfront activity at Uehara, then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island, and finally kick back and relax at Ida no Hama Beach. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Todomari Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then head off the coast to Barasu Island.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Iriomote-jima holiday app.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in October, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

Miyakojima — 3 nights

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Yabiji and Imugya Marine Garden. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Nishihenna Cape, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aragusuku Beach, kick back and relax at Nakanoshima Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Ikema-jima Island.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Miyakojima travel route planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Miyakojima in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Miyakojima can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Onna-son.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bisezaki and Hamahiga Island. Explore Onna-son's surroundings by going to Motobu-cho (Bise no Fukugi Tree Road, Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, &more), Katsuren Castle Ruins (in Uruma) and Nakagusuku Castle Ruins (in Nakagusuku-son). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Tower of Himeyuri, don't miss a visit to Cape Maeda, look for gifts at Onna Station Nakayukui Market, and pause for some photo ops at Okinawa Peace Memorial Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Onna-son tour itinerary website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Miyakojima to Onna-son in 4 hours. October in Onna-son sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Yakushima-cho — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Shakunagenomori Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Oko no Taki Fall, then make a trip to Jōmon Sugi, then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley, and finally make a trip to Wilson Stump. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Yakusugi Land.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Onna-son to Yakushima-cho takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Onna-son in October: highs in Yakushima-cho hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Takachiho-cho — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Kunimigaoka, admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then go for a walk through Amano Yasugawara, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho online route maker.

Do a combination of ferry, train, and car from Yakushima-cho to Takachiho-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Takachiho-cho when traveling from Yakushima-cho in October, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:

Hiroshima — 2 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 30th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, and finally take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally explore the activities along Motoyasu River.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima holiday planner.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Hiroshima by combination of taxi and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nachikatsura-cho.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

Nachikatsura-cho — 1 night

The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 1st (Sun), make a trip to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seiganto-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nachikatsura-cho by train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In October, daily temperatures in Nachikatsura-cho can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Takayama.
Historic Sites · Baths · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:

Takayama — 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Myojin Pond and Pond Tashiro. Venture out of the city with trips to Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory (in Shirakawa-mura), Matsumoto (Taisho Pond, Kaichi Gakko Primary School, &more) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Takayama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, Takayama is slightly colder than Nachikatsura-cho - with highs of 58°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.
Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Nikko — 3 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 hidden gems such as Mount Nasudake and Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park. Get out of town with these interesting Nikko side-trips: Nasu-machi (Fujishiro Seiji Museum & Minamigaoka Ranch). Spend the 7th (Sat) exploring nature at Nikko National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Yunoko Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Yudaki Falls, go for a walk through Senjogahara Field, and contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nikko takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Takayama in November since evenings lows in Nikko dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Towada.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:

Towada — 1 night

Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Gorge, then admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, then explore the activities along Oirase River, and finally explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Towada trip itinerary app.

Do a combination of train and flight from Nikko to Towada in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In November, Towada is a bit cooler than Nikko - with highs of 49°F and lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Sapporo.
Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:

Sapporo — 2 nights

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Hokkaido Jingu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Okurayama Lookout, stroll around Asahiyama Kinen Koen, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Moiwa, then walk around Nakajima Park, and finally make a trip to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38. On your second day here, stroll around Moerenuma Park, get engrossed in the history at Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), explore the world behind art at Sapporo Art Museum, then stroll around Kokuei Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, and finally stroll around Maruyama Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Sapporo trip builder app.

You can fly from Towada to Sapporo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Towada in November: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 42°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Shari-cho.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

Shari-cho — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Road to Heaven, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the activities along Shiretoko Goko Lake, then admire the sheer force of Kamuiwakka Hot Waterfall, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Sulfur Mining Site.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Shari-cho journey maker tool.

Fly from Sapporo to Shari-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Shari-cho sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:

Japan travel guide

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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.