27 days in Japan Itinerary

27 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Osaka Kansai, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Iriomote-jima
— 2 nights
Ferry to 石垣港離島ターミナル, Fly to Yakushima-cho
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Yakushima-cho
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Train to Shirohama, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly

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Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum and then examine the collection at Yamato Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online route planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Amsterdam to Hiroshima, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in May, with highs in Hiroshima at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

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 9th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Manai Falls, take in breathtaking views at Takachiho Gorge, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Yasugawara.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Takachiho-cho trip planner.

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. May in Takachiho-cho sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:

Miyakojima

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Get outdoors at Aragusuku Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Toguchi no Hama and Shimojishima Island. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yabiji, step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island, kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach, and don't miss a visit to Ikema Ohashi Bridge.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Miyakojima journey builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Takachiho-cho to Miyakojima takes 7.5 hours. Traveling from Takachiho-cho in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Miyakojima, with lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:

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.
Cape Hirakubozaki and Island Countryside Settlement are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Kondoi Beach and Yonehara Beach. Spend 15th (Sun) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory and take in the waterfront at Nishi Pier.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Miyakojima to Ishigaki takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Ishigaki can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

Iriomote-jima

— 2 nights
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
On the 18th (Wed), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then step off the mainland to explore Iriomote Island.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima trip website.

You can ride a ferry from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima in 1.5 hours. May in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

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 off the beaten path and head to Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Wilson Stump. Visiting Yakusugi Land and Seibu Trail will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Oko no Taki Fall and make a trip to Jōmon Sugi.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Iriomote-jima to Yakushima-cho in 10 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Iriomote-jima in May: high temperatures in Yakushima-cho hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Dotombori District in Dotombori, approximately Dotombori away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Yakushima-cho to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Nachikatsura-cho

— 2 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamikura Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then make a trip to Daimonzaka.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho trip planning website.

Drive from Kyoto to Nachikatsura-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, Nachikatsura-cho is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Tokyo

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. And it doesn't end there: visit Odaiba District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and shop like a local with Ginza.

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

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nachikatsura-cho to Tokyo in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Tokyo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:

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.